The following obituary for Thomas Alexander Pakenham appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper|
|7 January 1889||Admiral the Hon. Thomas Alexander Pakenham, while attending on Saturday morning a meeting of the Wivelsfield School Board, was seized with a fit. He was at once conveyed to his residence, Franklyns, Hay-ward's Heath, where he died within a few hours. Thomas Alexander Pakenham was the son of Thomas, second Earl of Longford, by his wife, Lady Georgiana Lygon, daughter of the second Earl of Beauchamp. He was born in 1820 and entered the Navy in 1835, and his commission bore dates: — Commander, 1856; Captain, 1863; and Rear Admiral on the retired list, 1878. He served as lieutenant during the Crimean war, after which he was promoted to the rank of commander. In 1853 he married Sophia Frances, daughter of the late Sir Tatton Sykes, by whom he leaves issue. The eldest son is Edward Tatton Pakenham, born 1859, now lieutenant in the 4th battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Admiral Pakenham was a Justice of the Peace for the counties of Hants and Sussex.|