Algernon Heneage

Admiral Sir Algernon Charles Fieschi Heneage GCB (19 March 1833 – 10 June 1915) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, The Nore. Dubbed "Pompo," he was known for his immaculate dress and his white-glove inspections of the ships under his command.[1]

Sir Algernon Heneage
"Pompo". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1901.
Born(1833-03-19)19 March 1833
Died10 June 1915(1915-06-10) (aged 82)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Falcon
HMS Rodney
HMS Warrior
Pacific Station
Nore Command
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Heneage was appointed a lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1854.[1] In 1861, he was commander of HMS Falcon, part of the West Africa Squadron.[2] Promoted to captain in 1866, he took command of HMS Rodney in 1867 and then HMS Warrior in 1881.[1] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station in 1887 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1892.[1]

Following the succession of King Edward VII, he was among several retired admirals advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the 1902 Coronation Honours list published on 26 June 1902,[3][4] and received the insignia in an investiture on board the royal yacht Victoria and Albert outside Cowes on 15 August 1902,[5] the day before the fleet review held there to mark the coronation.

He died in 1915 and is buried at Brompton Cemetery.[6] The grave lies against the eastern wall towards the north-east corner. His wife lies with him.


In 1874 he married Louisa Emma Antrobus;[1] they had one daughter.[7]


  1. William Loney RN
  2. 1861 UK Census. class: RG9. piece: 4440. folio: 41. p. 1.
  3. "The Coronation Honours". The Times (36804). London. 26 June 1902. p. 5.
  4. "No. 27448". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1902. p. 4189.
  5. "Court Circular". The Times (36848). London. 16 August 1902. p. 8.
  6. Find-a-Grave
  7. The
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Culme-Seymour
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hotham
Preceded by
Charles Curme
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Wells

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