Hi! I am posting this question over here, because I'm thinking that it falls pretty much into a Crimean question --- however, if anyone thinks that I should post in a different board, please let me know.
I have been trying to sort out the rather short Naval career of Henry Cornwallis Eliot. He was born in 1835 and was posted as a Naval Cadet to the Prince Regent on 16 Jan 1848. As a Midshipman he was posted to the Bellerophon on 25 Sep 1851, and again to the Victory in November 1852.
Poor Henry began suffering from a loss of hearing by 1852, and after the condition worsened (to the point of his no longer being able to distinguish some commands), Henry was forced to quit the Navy at some point in 1853.
This is everything that I know about his Navy career. I can't even get his name to come up in a list or anything for the promotion to Midshipman (and, I believe, a promotion to Lieutenant).
Just last night, though, I found references to him in some letters written by his cousins. They were both serving with Guards regiments (stationed near Varna) in 1854. Apparently, Henry Eliot went out to Scutari, arriving on 3 Jun 1854. They remark that he came out on the "Andes" with the Coldstreams.
Their next mention of him is in a letter dated 25 Jun 1854 (written at "Camp at Devna"), where one of the cousins reported seeing Henry Eliot the day before "en route from Shumla to Varna". Then, on 23 and 24 August 1854, the cousins wrote letters home saying:"I saw Henry Eliot yesterday; he is living on board his old ship, the 'Bellerophon,' and intends to go with them when the expedition starts; he is in great luck to have seen all this campaign, such as it is, first with the army and then with the fleet."
"Henry Eliot was here the other day; he is living on board the 'Bellerophon,' and intends going up with them if there is any fighting."
My question is: What could Henry Eliot have been doing, and what purpose would he be serving? His older brother was a Captain in the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards and died at Inkerman. In January 1855, Henry would appointed a Junior Clerk in the Foreign Office. He stayed in the Foreign Office until 1881.
Also, does anyone have any suggestions for finding out any more particulars about his Naval Career?
Thanks very much!