Captain Robert Middlemore's background and information
Record of Achievement
- February 25th - Joined St George Squadron of the White with the rank of Gentleman
- March 23rd 1721 - Promoted to the rank of Master
- April 1st 1721 - Awarded Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry for coming to the aide of a fellow captain against considerable odds.
- May 7th 1721 - Promoted to the rank of Esquire and awarded Admiral's Commendation
- June 1st 1721 - Promoted to the rank of Knight
- June 30th 1721 - Promoted to the rank of Baron
- August 2nd 1721 - Promoted to the rank of Viscount and awarded Military Cross for heroism at the Battles of Puerto del Principe and West End
- September 2nd 1721 - Awarded Distinguished Service Cross for valour in port battles
- January 2nd 1722 - Promoted to the rank of Earl and awarded George Cross for boarding and carrying a Spanish First Rate at the Battle of Puerto del Plata
The social advancement of himself and his family; a keen interest in sailing and the sea; and a dutiful desire to serve King and Country were the reasons for joining the Royal Navy. The son of a Cumberland burgher, Robert grew up in the commercial port of Whitehaven where he acquired a fascination with ships. Excelling his studies, it took little encouragement from his father to guide him into the life of adventure, danger, and potential glory offered by the Royal Navy.