Royal Naval Biography/Baker, John Popham
JOHN POPHAM BAKER, Esq.
This officer obtained his first commission in Oct. 1802. While serving as senior lieutenant of a line-of-battle ship, off Toulon, in 1809, he had the misfortune, through extreme fatigue, to bring on a rupture. In 1815, he was appointed first of the Leander 60, Captain William Skipsey, fitting out at Woolwich; and, in Dec. 1818, to the Newcastle, a similar ship, fitting out for the flag of Rear-Admiral E. Griffith, commander-in-chief on the Halifax station. His advancement to the rank he now holds took place on the 29th Jan. 1821.
The out-pension of Greenwich Hospital was granted to Commander Baker in July 1829.
- The first anniversary of the accession of King George IV. See Vol. III. Part II. note at p. 32.