Royal Naval Biography/King, John


Passed his examination, at Sheerness, in Jan. 1813; obtained his first commission in Mar. 1815; and was appointed senior lieutenant of the Driver sloop, Captain Thomas Wolrige, fitting out for the African station, Nov. 19th, 1821. During the Ashantee War, in 1823, he served under Captain Charles Bowen, and commanded for several months, a division of the forces employed in the field; and on the 21st May, 1824, being then again a volunteer for land service, he was slightly wounded in action with the barbarous enemy; on which occasion the British and their black allies had 88 killed, 678 wounded, and 88 missing. His conduct in this and the preceding affairs, was highly commended by Lieutenant Colonel Sutherland, commanding the military forces on the western coast of Africa. His promotion to the rank of Commander took place, April 25th, 1825.