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Alexander Blakely

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Captain Theophilus Alexander Blakely (1827-1868)

1827 January 7th. Born in Sligo, Ireland, the son of the Very Reverend Theophilus Alexander and his second wife, Mary William Blakely.

Educated at the Royal Military College, Woolwich

1844 June 14th. Commissioned from Gentleman Cadet to Second Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery

1846 April 2nd. Promoted to First Lieutenant

1852 April 1st. Promoted to be Second Captain of Artillery

1856 December 31st. Married Harriette Catherine Tonge, widow of Captain John Henry Tonge - no children

Moved to 34 Montpelier Square, Brompton, London

1863 Founded Blakely Ordnance Co

1865 Managing Director of the joint-stock company formed to acquire the assets of the partnership known as the Blakely Ordnance Company.

1866 Captain Blakely, well known Ordnance Inventor and Manufacturer was defendant in an action brought by John Hughes, C.E., of Millwall Ironworks and C. W. Lancaster, the noted Gun Maker of Bond Street and the inventor of the Lancaster or elliptical-bored ordnance, concerning methods of construction of ordnance.[1]

1868 May 4th. Died at Chorrillos, Peru of yellow fever

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  • Captain Alexander Blakely RA, by Steven Roberts [1]

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