Royal Naval Biography/West, Henry
HENRY WEST, Esq.
Second son of the late Rev. Edward Matthew West, rector of Clifton-Mabank, and vicar of Bradford-Abbas and Haydon, co. Dorset, by Anne, daughter of the late Rev. Edward Cotes, vicar of Sherborne and Caundle-Bishop’s, both in Dorsetshire, and many years chaplain to his great-uncle, William, Lord Digby.
This officer entered the royal navy in May 1801, as midshipman on board the Resistance 38, Captain (now Sir Henry) Digby, destined to North America; and continued in that ship, under Captain (now Vice-Admiral) the Hon. Philip Wodehouse, until she was wrecked near Cape St. Vincent, on her way to the Mediterranean, May 31st, 1803. He subsequently served, for about four years, in the Victory, first rate, flag-ship of the immortal Nelson; Termagant sloop, Amphion 32, Africa 64, and Lavinia 38.