There is a consensus that Admiral Byng did not have much battle experience. Does anyone know who was primarily responsible for sponsoring his appointment in 1756 for such an important assignmnent as the Mediterranean expedition in preference to a range of better qualified candidates?
My sources state that Byng's appointment to command the Mediterranean task force was made on March 11th 1756. Also, that Richard, Earl Temple was First Lord of the Admiralty in 1756, during an interim absence of George, Lord Anson who occupied that post in 1755 and 1757. Can anyone outline the circumstances behind Anson's departure and reinstatement? Was this political? Did Anson remain on the Admiralty Board in 1756?
Can anyone advise me what would have been Byng's highest achievement in conducting front line operations prior to his appointment to head the Mediterranean expedition?
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