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The following obituary for George Fowler Hastings appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary from the Times newspaper
DateObituary
23 March 1876The late Vice-Admiral the Hon. George Fowler Hastings, C.B., recently Commander-in-Chief at Sheerness, was the second son of Hans Francis, 12th Earl of Huntingdon, by his first wife, Frances, third daughter of the Rev. Richard Chalonor-Cobbe, and was born in 1814. He entered the Navy in 1824, and passed his examination in 1832. In the following year he obtained the rank of Lieutenant, after which he was appointed to the Excellent, gunnery ship, at Portsmouth. He obtained his commission as Commander in 1838; was early in the succeeding year made an inspecting commander of the Coastguard, and in 1841 was appointed to the command of the Harlequin, 16, on the East India and China station. While in that sloop, besides sharing in the closing operations of the Chinese war, he received the thanks of the Commander-in-Chief on the station for his gallant conduct in leading the boats of the Harlequin, Wanderer and Dido in the attack on the piratical towns of Murdoo and Qualloo Batto, in the island of Sumatra. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1845, when the Harlequin was paid off. Capt. Hastings was appointed to the CuraƧoa in August, 1854, and commanded that steamer in the Black Sea Fleet during the war. For his services in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath and received the Turkish Order of the Medjidie of the 3d class. In 1866 he was appointed to the command of the Pacific Station, in succession to Rear-Admiral the Hon. J. Denman, and in 1873 was appointed Commander-in-Chief at the Nore. He became Rear-Admiral in 1863, and Vice-Admiral in 1869. He was senior on the list of Vice-Admirals, and by his death Rear-Admiral A. Cumming, C.B., becomes Vice-Admiral, and Capt. A.W. Acland Hood, C.B., Aide-de-Camp to the Queen, obtains Flag rank.
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