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Count Gleichen (Victor F F E G A C F Hohenlohe-Langenberg) R.N.Explanation
Third and youngest son of Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; his mother (Princess Feodore, the only daughter of Emich Charles, reigning prince of Leiningen) was half-sister to Queen Victoria. He ran away from school in his native land and was sponsored to enter the Royal Navy by Victoria
 
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
11 December 1833 Born (as Victor Ferdinand Franz Eugen Gustaf Adolf Constantin Friedrich, at Langenburg in Württemberg)
26 January 1861 Married Laura Williamina, the youngest daughter of Admiral Sir George Francis Seymour
26 January 1861 Assumed the title of Count Gleichen (as German law did not allow a Prince's wife, not being of equal rank, to use her husband's title)
1866 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath)
1887 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
31 December 1891 Died (St James's Palace, London)
After he retired from the navy he became a sculptor, for which he had considerable talent. His most important work is a colossal statue of Alfred the Great, made for the main square of Wantage in Oxfordshire
 
DateRank
1848Entered Navy
18 December 1854Lieutenant
10 August 1857Commander
13 December 1859Captain
9 April 1866Retired Captain
30 December 1876Retired Rear-Admiral
23 November 1881Retired Vice-Admiral
24 May 1887Retired Admiral
 
Date fromDate toService
(1854) Mate in Cumberland, commanded by George Henry Seymour, flagship of Vice-Admiral George Francis Seymour, the Baltic during the Russian War
25 April 1855 Lieutenant in St Jean d'Acre, Mediterranean
1856 Governor and constable of Windsor Castle
20 March 1856July 1856Lieutenant commander in Traveller (until paying off at Sheerness)
4 September 185614 April 1857Lieutenant in Raleigh, commanded by Henry Keppel, East Indies and China, (including 2nd Anglo-Chinese War) (until wrecked near Macaw when the ship struck an uncharted rock; all saved)
26 June 1858 Commander in Scourge, Mediterranean
29 January 18639 April 1866Captain in Racoon (from commissioning at Chatham), West Indies, then (April 1864) the Mediterranean, then (March 1866) Queenstown

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