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Royal Naval Biography/Bridges, George Francis


Nephew to the late Lieutenant-General Bridges. This officer was a midshipman of le Tigre 74, Captain B. Hallowell (now Sir Benjamin H. Carew), and employed in a boat belonging to that ship, at the capture and destruction of a French convoy in the bay of Rosas, Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st, 1809[1]. He obtained a lieutenant’s commission on the 1st Aug. 1811; and subsequently served under the flag of Rear-Admiral Hallowell, in the Malta 80, Royal Sovereign 100, and Tonnant 80; the former ship on the Mediterranean station, the second fitting out for Channel service, and the latter stationed in the cove of Cork, where he jumped from her ward-room into the sea, and thereby saved the life of an intoxicated man, who had thrown himself overboard, Sept. 30th, 1815. He was advanced to his present rank on the 9th Sept. 1818.

Commander Bridges married, at Milan, May 19th, 1825, Harriet, only surviving daughter of the Rev. D. D. Bergeur, rector of Everley, co. Wilts, and chaplain to Aubrey, seventh Duke of St. Albans.