Sir George Pocock(1706-1792), Admiral
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George Pocock entered the navy at the age of twelve, and his ability, along with the influence of his uncle Admiral George Byng, led to rapid promotion. His naval victories in India and South America were essential to British commerce, and in 1762 he was rewarded with the Order of the Bath. Pocock often gained valuable prizes from the ships he captured. At Havana in 1762 he took a large share of the booty taken in the city, which led to a public outcry. Nevertheless he kept the money, retired from active service and bought two houses.