Monday, May 21, 2012

Sanders, Frederic de Veuille

Commander RN
died 25 February 1885 Rosebank, Avonside, Christchurch aged 49 year
1885/6089 Sanders Frederick De Neulle (sic) 49Y

Captain F. De V. Sanders, R.N.
It is our sad duty to announce the death of this gallant naval officer, who recently came amongst us. Entering the Navy in September, 1849, at the age of thirteen years, he, five years afterwards, received his baptism of fire before Sebastopol, while serving on board H.M.S. Agamemnon, the flagship of Admiral Sir Edmond Lyons, who himself bore testimony to Midshipman Sanders' gallantry and coolness on Oct. 17, 1854, when acting as Sir Edmond's signal mate, under heavy fire from Fort Constantine.

Mr Sanders became Sub-Lieutenant a year subsequently (Oct. 10, 1853), and was also on board the flag-ship Royal Albert. In addition to serving with the fleet before Sebastopol, Sub-Lieutenant Sanders took part in the capture of Kertch and Yenikale, and also at the reduction of Kinburn.

For his services during the Russian war he received the Crimean medal with Sebastopol clasp, Turkish medal, and Order of the Medjidie 5th class. In December, 1857, Mr Sanders received his well-merited promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, and as such served on board of many of Her Majesty's ships, including H.M.S. Revenge, under the late Captain J. G. Goodenough (Commodore Goodenough), and in the same vessel under Captain the Hon F. A. Foley (vice- Admiral Foley), 1863-66.

As lieutenant Mr Sanders commanded the Trinculo in the Mediterranean, under vice- Admiral Lord Clarence Paget's orders, and subsequently under vice- Admiral Sir Alexander Milne, when the latter succeeded to the command of the Mediterranean fleet in 1869.

Space will not admit of a detail of Captain Sanders' services, beyond mentioning that he was promoted commander shortly after his term of service on board the Trinculo expired, his commission dating from April 4, 1870. He laterly served as Inspecting Commander of Coast Guard, Donaghadee Division, 1876 to 1882, and elected to go on the retired list of his rank Feb. 23, 1883.

Commander Sanders became Captain on the retired list on Feb. 3, several unexpected vacancies occurring on that list. He died at 11 o'clock on the night of Feb. 25, having only reached his 49th birthday the day he became a post-captain.
Star, Issue 5246, 27 February 1885, Page 4

The body of the Crimean veteran, Captain de V. Sanders, R.N., was interred in the Avonside Cemetery yesterday afternoon, the burial service being performed by the Rev W. A. Pascoe. A detachment of the Lyttelton Naval Artillery, under Captain M'Lellan and Lieutenant Edwards, attended the funeral as a tribute to the memory of the deceased officer and among those who followed the hearse were Mr Inspector Pender himself an old Crimean soldier; Captain Newall, District Adjutant; Captain Richards, late 87th Regiment; Captain Wolfe, City Guards; and Lieutenants Francis and Mellish. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and bore a number of wreaths of flowers sent by various friends.
Star , Issue 5247, 28 February 1885, Page 3

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