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Bickford was promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 31 December, 1884.<ref>''The London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/25429/pages/26 no. 25429.  p. 26.]  2 January, 1885.</ref>
 
  
On 15 June, 1887, he was appointed in command of the troop ship ''Assistance''.{{NLFeb88|p. 195}}
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Bickford was promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 31 December, 1884.<ref>''The London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/25429/pages/26 no. 25429.  p. 26.]  2 January, 1885.</ref>  On 13 April, 1885, he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) in connection with his services in regard to the crew of the ''Nisero''.<ref>ADM 196/36. f. 100.</ref>
  
He was appointed in command of the {{UK-Katoomba|f=t}}.
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After the customary lengthy period on half pay, on 15 June, 1887, he was appointed in command of the troop ship ''Assistance''.  He was superseded in command on 21 June, 1890.  On 22 July he was appointed in command of {{UK-Medusa}} for the annual man&oelig;uvres.<ref>ADM 196/36.  f. 100.</ref>
  
Bickford was appointed in command of the {{UK-1Resolution|f=t}} on 1 February, 1895.<ref>"Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices).  ''The Times''.  Wednesday, 30 January, 1895Issue '''34487''', col B, p. 10.</ref>
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He was appointed in command of the {{UK-Katoomba|f=t}} on 24 March, 1891 for service on the [[Australian Station]].  ''Katoomba'' paid off on 20 April, 1894On 18 July he took command of {{UK-Gibraltar}} for the man&oelig;uvres.<ref>ADM 196/36f. 100.</ref>
  
He was appointed in command of the {{UK-Trafalgar|f=t}} on 13 October, 1897.<ref>Bickford Service Record.  {{TNA|ADM 196/36.}} f. 100.</ref>
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Bickford was appointed in command of the {{UK-1Resolution|f=t}} on 1 February, 1895.<ref>ADM 196/36.  f. 100.</ref>
  
On 11 January, 1898, he was appointed [[Captain Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard]].<ref>Clowes.  '''VII'''p. 7.</ref>
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He was appointed in command of the {{UK-Trafalgar|f=t}} in the [[Channel Squadron (Royal Navy)|Channel Squadron]] on 13 October, 1897.<ref>ADM 196/36.  f. 100.</ref>
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Bickford was appointed to {{UK-1Inflexible}} on 17 December, 1896, for command of the Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth, taking her to sea for the annual man&oelig;uvres from 15 June to 4 July, 1897.  He transferred to ''Trafalgar'' for command of the Fleet Reserve on 13 October, 1897.<ref>ADM 196/36.  f. 100.</ref>
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On 11 January, 1898, he was appointed to ''Wildfire'' as [[Captain Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard]].<ref>ADM 196/36f. 100.</ref>
  
 
==Flag Rank==
 
==Flag Rank==

Revision as of 14:21, 28 October 2014

Andrew Kennedy Bickford, C.M.G., seen as a Vice-Admiral in Full Dress.

Admiral Andrew Kennedy Bickford, C.M.G., Royal Navy (16 July, 1844 – 9 October, 1927) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Captain

Bickford was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1884.[1] On 13 April, 1885, he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) in connection with his services in regard to the crew of the Nisero.[2]

After the customary lengthy period on half pay, on 15 June, 1887, he was appointed in command of the troop ship Assistance. He was superseded in command on 21 June, 1890. On 22 July he was appointed in command of Medusa for the annual manœuvres.[3]

He was appointed in command of the third class protected cruiser Katoomba on 24 March, 1891 for service on the Australian Station. Katoomba paid off on 20 April, 1894. On 18 July he took command of Gibraltar for the manœuvres.[4]

Bickford was appointed in command of the battleship Resolution on 1 February, 1895.[5]

He was appointed in command of the second class battleship Trafalgar in the Channel Squadron on 13 October, 1897.[6]

Bickford was appointed to Inflexible on 17 December, 1896, for command of the Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth, taking her to sea for the annual manœuvres from 15 June to 4 July, 1897. He transferred to Trafalgar for command of the Fleet Reserve on 13 October, 1897.[7]

On 11 January, 1898, he was appointed to Wildfire as Captain Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard.[8]

Flag Rank

Bickford was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 22 June, 1899, vice Palliser.[9]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 10 February, 1904, vice Rose.[10]

Bickford was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 22 March, 1908, vice Bosanquet,[11] and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 12 May.[12]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral A. K. Bickford" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 11 October, 1927. Issue 44709, col C, pg. 9.
  • Bickford, Richard E. (1996). Light Airs and Gentle Breezes: A Victorian Naval Life Story. Dumfries: Tartan Edge. ISBN 0952175010.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Medusa
1890[13]
Succeeded by
William H. Baker-Baker
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Katoomba
1891[14]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
William H. Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
1 Feb, 1895[15]
Succeeded by
John H. Bainbridge
Preceded by
Edward H. M. Davis
Captain of H.M.S. Trafalgar
13 Oct, 1897[16]
Succeeded by
George A. Giffard
Preceded by
John C. Burnell
Captain Superintendent, Sheerness Dockyard
11 Jan, 1898[17]
Succeeded by
Reginald F. H. Henderson
Preceded by
Lewis A. Beaumont
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
15 Oct, 1900[18]
Succeeded by
Command Abolished

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25429. p. 26. 2 January, 1885.
  2. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  3. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  4. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  5. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  6. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  7. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  8. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27093. p. 4008. 27 June, 1899.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 27645. p. 941. 12 February, 1904.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28122. p. 2260. 24 March, 1908.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28138. p. 3669. 19 May, 1908.
  13. Partial read of a date from his service record's sample image at The National Archives. ADM 196/86/47.
  14. Partial read of a date from his service record's sample image at The National Archives. ADM 196/86/47.
  15. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 30 January, 1895. Issue 34487, col B, p. 10.
  16. Bickford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 100.
  17. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 7.
  18. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 88.

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