Royal Naval Biography/Tozer, Aaron


AARON TOZER, Esq.
[Captain of 1830.]

Was a midshipman on board the Phcenix 36, and dangerously wounded at the capture of la Didon French frigate, Aug. 10th, 1805[1]. He obtained the rank of lieutenant Aug. 11th, 1807; and commanded the boats of the Undaunted frigate, Captain Thomas Ussher, at the capture of a battery mounting four long 24-pounders, a 6-pounder field-piece, and a 3-inch mortar, to the westward of Marseilles, Mar. 18th, 1813. In the execution of this service, the British had three men killed and wounded. On the 18th Aug. following, Captain Ussher, in reporting to Sir Edward Pellew the destruction of the batteries of Cassis, and the capture of a convoy which had been lying under their protection, expressed himself an follows:–

“My first lieutenant, Tozer, and second, Hownam; Lieutenants Wilson, of H.M.S. Caledonia, and Gramshaw, of the Hibernia; Captains Sherman and Hussey, and Lieutenants Hunt, &c. of the marines, behaved with distinguished bravery. Lieutenant Tozer, I lament, is most severely wounded: his gallantry I have often noticed.”

This officer’s promotion to the rank of commander took place, June 15th, 1814: and about the same period he was granted a pension of £150 per annum on account of his wounds. He obtained the command of the Cyréne sloop in July 1818; returned home from the Halifax station in Dec. 1821; married, June 5th, 1827, Mary, eldest daughter of Henry Hutton, of Lincoln, Esq.; and was promoted to his present rank, Jan. 14th, 1830.

Agents.– Messrs. Goode and Cooke.