The following is the entry for George Sumner Hand in William O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'.
HAND. (Commander, 1841.)George Sumner Hand entered the Navy 1 Feb. 1821; and bore a part in the hostilities in Ava, where, in 1825, he commanded a boat at the capture of the formidable fortress of Donoobew, and the Alligator's two cutters at the taking of Melloone. He passed his examination in 1827; obtained his first commission 14 July, 1829; and was afterwards appointed – 8 Aug. in the same year, to the Shannon 46, Capt. Benj. Clement, in the West Indies – 13 Sept. following, to the Grasshopper 18, Capt. John Elphinstone Erskine, in which sloop he returned to England, and was paid off 6 Sept. 1831 – and 20 Jan. 1834, and 23 Nov. 1838, as Senior, to the Racehorse 18, Capt. Sir Jas. Everard Home, and Vestal 26, Capts. Thos. Wren Carter and John Parker, both on the North America and West India station. He attained his present rank, while serving in the latter ship, 23 Nov. 1841; and since 14 Dec. 1844, has been in command of the Espoir 10, on the coast of Africa. Agents – Messrs. Stilwell.