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BERESFORD'S RETIREMENT.

affc . MaTch 24. The Channel squadron faas/given an enj thusiastio farewell : "'to Admiral Lord I Charles Beresford. ... Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, X.C.8., GjCVjO-, has been Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet since 1906, •prior to which he commanded the Mediterranean Fleet. Second, son of the Rev. John, fourth Marquis of Waterfowl, he was -born in Ireland in 1846, and entered the navy as a cadet in 1859. He became a sub-lieutenant in 1866, a lieutenant in 1588, commander in 1875, captain in 18S-2, rear-admiral in 1897, Naval A.D.C. to the Queen in 1896, and Naval A.D.C. to the iPrinee of Wales (now King Edward) on his visit to India in 1575-0. In 1874 he entered Parliament as Conserva- ' five member for Watorford, which constituency he represented for six years. Then there was a Break-in his Parliamentary, career. In 1885 he was elected for the East (Division of Marylebone, retaining his seat until 1889. From 1807 to 1900 he eat a&.M.\P. for York, and in 1902 was returned for Woolwich. At the bombardment of Alexandria, in 1882, he commanded the gunboat Condor, and distinguished himself greatly, receiving a medal with clasp, a bronze star, the ■third class of the Medjidich, and was specially mentioned in dispatches for gallantry. He landed at Alexandria after the bombardment, and instituted a regular police system. He Eerved on Lord Wolseley's staff in the Nile expedition, ISS4-5, and was subsequently in command of the naval brigade at the.battles of Abu Klea, Abu Kxu, and Mebemmeh (mentioned for gallantry); commanded the expedition which rescued Sir Charles Wilson's pa-rty in the Sana, when the boiler was reps/red under fire, and was specially mentioned in dispatches for gallantry, and in the speeches of both Houses in the vote of thanks for operations in the Soudan. Appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1886, he resigned in ISSS, on a question of the strength of the fleet. While captain of the Undaunted, he rendered assistance on the occasion of the ; grounding of the Seignalay, for which he ,' received the thanks of the French Government. From 1893 to 1896 he was in command of the steam reserve at Chatham, and in 1898-9 visited China on a special mission, at the request of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Great Britain. In 1898 he was made a rear-admiral, and in 1906 an admiral. Lord.Charles has received threa medals for saving life. His publications include "New Life of Nelson and His Times," "The Break-up of China," and numerous essays and articles on naval matters and Egypt. Some months- ago it became known that Lord Charles had had trouble wilh some of his subordinates—notably Sir Percy Soott, commanding the cruiser division of the Channel Fleet —and it was also stated that he had, at a public function, ostentatiously declined to shake hands ■with Sir John Usher, the First Sea Lord. It was then rumouTed that Lord Charles would shortly resign his command and again enter into politics. However, the trouble appeared to have blown over.

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BERESFORD'S RETIREMENT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 72, 25 March 1909

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