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William Graham (Royal Navy officer)

Sir William Graham
Born 10 September 1826
Died 31 May 1907
Bath, Somerset
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/wars Crimean War
Second Opium War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir William Graham GCB (10 September 1826 – 31 May 1907) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy.

Naval career

Graham was appointed a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1849[1] and served in the Baltic Sea during the Crimean War in 1855 and at the capture of Canton during the Second Opium War in 1857.[2] Promoted to Captain in 1863, he was given command of HMS Danae, HMS Immortalité, HMS Resistance, HMS Black Prince and then HMS Aurora.[1] He was appointed Captain of the training school HMS Britannia in 1875, Admiral-Superintendent of Malta dockyard in 1882 and Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy in 1886.[1] His last appointment was as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1888.[3]

He died at 13 Pulteney Street in Bath in 1907.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Brandreth
Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir John Hopkins
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Brandreth
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Hamilton
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