BEDFORD, Admiral Sir Frederick George Denham

1838 - 1913

Frederick George Denham Bedford

Born in Ayrshire, Scotland on 24 December 1838, son of Vice-Admiral Edward James Bedford. At the age of 14 he joined the Royal Navy and later served in the Crimean War. He married at Ipswich in 1880, Ethel Turner [q.v.], daughter of Edward Rush Turner, engineer. In 1881, a Captain in the Royal Navy and director of studies at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. An amateur artist who kept regular albums and diaries and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1889 and exhibited from Royal Navy College, Greenwich in 1883 ‘The End of the Voyage-The Thames at Greenwich’ and ‘Hay Barges Unloading at Greenwich’ and a sketch 'Near Bovey Tracey’ his later exhibitions included paintings in Egypt 'Street Scene, Cairo', 'The Nile near Girgeh' and 'Bedouins Tents near Alexandria'. In 1891, he was living at 67 Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea with four servants and his wife Ethel was living at 4 Southsea Terrace, Portsmouth with their two children. Appointed junior Naval Lord in 1889, Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope in 1892 and second Naval Lord in 1895 and commander-in-chief of the North America & West Indies Station until 24 March 1903 when appointed Governor of Western Australia, a position he held until 22 April 1909. He died on 30 January 1913. Lady Ethel Bedford accompanied her husband and was mistress of Admiralty House in Halifax, Nova Scotia, until 1902 and as Miss Ethel Turner had also exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club. She took an interest in benevolent work and frequently performed, for charitable purposes, as a singer at concerts. Frederick died at Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey on 30 January 1913. The couple`s son became Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford, KCB, CSI, who married Miss Gladys Mort of Sydney, Australia. While residing at Easthampnett, their son Frederick, named after his grandfather, who had become a Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm, was killed in action over St Pauls Bay, Malta on 21 February 1942, aged 22 years, and was buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.

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