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Faddy, William (?–1799)

William Faddy ( -1799) was a 2nd lieutenant of marines in the 54th (Plymouth) Company when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Friendship in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Faddy was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in March 1790. Ralph Clark took Faddy's side in an altercation between Faddy and Lieutenant Robert Kellow which ended in a duel between the two men in June 1790.

Faddy returned to Port Jackson on the Queen in December 1791 and to England on the Gorgon in December 1791. He was promoted captain lieutenant in July 1797 and in that year went on the Vanguard where he served until his death in action on 1 August 1799 at the Battle of the Nile.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 123

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1 August 1799

Cause of Death

killed in action

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