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his enthusiasm for new ideas, and who had also suggested somewhat unfairly that he had gained his position by political means rather than by merit.
Despite his new ideas, this period marked the gradual decline of large heavy-rigged ships and the abandonment of sail in favour of steam power. He was elected FRS in 1835 and was knighted in 1836. In deference to his opponents in the Admiralty he resigned from his position as Surveyor of the Navy in October 1847 regardless receiving his CB (Civil) on the 1st of May 1848. This last award is believed to have displeased him greatly, feeling that he should have received CB (Military).
Sir William was for short time Queen Victoria’s naval ADC, and promoted to Rear-Admiral on the 28th of October, 1854, before retiring for health reasons to Malta as Retired Admiral. He died in 1856 whilst at sea aboard the steamer Nile en route from Malta to Marseilles and was buried at the latter. In his will, he requested the publication of a biography, which continued to argue for the vindication of his designs - Memoirs of the life and services of Admiral Sir William Symonds (1858), by J A Sharp.This medal sold by order of an indirect family relation, with a quantity of useful research, including extract taken from O’Byrne’s Naval Biographical Dictionary, detailing his career in full.
The medals belonging to the recipient’s son are to be found in lot 32.
Lot 27 WATERLOO MEDAL, 1815, with replacement steel clip and ring suspension (Lieut. A. E. Glynne, 1st Batt. 40th Reg. Foot.); officially impressed. Once cleaned but lightly toned, a few light obverse marks, scratch to neck of portrait and two minor edge bruises, otherwise a bold very fine.
ex Gaskell Collection, 1908
Lieutenant Andrew Eugene Glynne was born c. 1789 and is believed to have been born in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. He attested for service as an Ensign in the 40th (2nd Somersetshire Regiment) Foot April 1809 at the age of 20, and served in the Peninsular Wars in Spain and southern France. He was promoted to a Lieutenancy in September 1811, and joined the regiment at Ciudad Rodrigo. He served with the 40th Foot throughout the remainder of the Peninsular War, and the Challis Roll suggests he was slightly wounded whilst in action at the Pyrenees, although in his records it states ‘near Pampeluna’ which might be more accurate.
In June 1815, The ‘Fighting Fortieth’ arrived at Waterloo later than most Regiments after a long forced march from Ghent, but arrived the night preceding on the 17th (missing out on the action at Quatre Bras) and owing to their long march were initially placed towards the centre rear amongst the reserve with Lambert’s Division. After a wet night, on the morning of the 18th the battle was underway, during which the reserve position was nevertheless subjected to constant cannonade. At about 3 o’clock in the afternoon Lambert’s Division was brought forward to defend the