Codrington. I. Sir Edward, an English admiral, born in 1770, died in London, April 28, 1851. He became a lieutenant in the navy in 1793, and served on board Lord Howe's flag ship at the victory over the French, June 1, 1794. He was soon after made a post captain, and at the battle of Trafalgar commanded the Orion, 74. Subsequently he took part in the bombardment of Flushing, in Strachan's expedition to the Scheldt, and in the defence of Cadiz; and commanded a squadron against the French on the coast of Catalonia. In 1814 he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral, and employed on the American station. On July 10, 1821, he became vice admiral, and in 1826 was placed in command of the fleet in the Mediterranean. In this capacity he had the chief command of the combined British, Russian, and French fleets at the battle of Nava-rino, Oct. 20, 1827, and, although that action was spoken of by the British government as an "untoward event," he was rewarded both by England and Russia. He represented the borough of Devonport in parliament from 1832 to 1839. A memoir of his life has been edited by his daughter, Lady Bourchier (2 vols., London, 1873). II. Sir William John, an English general, son of the preceding, born in 1800. He entered the Coldstream guards in 1821, and rose through the successive grades to the rank of major general, which he attained in 1854. His promotion having left him unattached, he joined the army in the East as an amateur, but the commander-in-chief, Lord Raglan, soon gave him the first brigade of the light division, with which he played a distinguished part at the battles of the Alma and Inkerman; and when Gen. Sir George Brown was wounded, he succeeded to the command of the light division.
He directed the attack on the redan, but his conduct on that occasion subjected him to depreciating comments from some quarters. On the resignation of Gen. Simpson he was appointed to the chief command, and in that capacity brought the troops home. He was elected member of parliament for Greenwich in April, 1857, and sat till 1859, when he was appointed governor of Gibraltar. The colonelcy of the 23d fusiliers was bestowed upon him in 1860, and he was promoted to the rank of general in July, 1863.