Henry Reynolds

Died 1782.

Reynolds was commissioned lieutenant on 7 May 1776 and promoted commander on 16 January 1781, being ordered to commission a newly purchased merchantman in India as the fireship Combustion 14.

He served ashore with a naval brigade in support of Major-General Sir Hector Munro during the attack on Negapatam in October 1781, resulting in that Dutch stronghold’s capitulation shortly afterwards.

In January 1782 Reynolds was posted captain of the Exeter 64 with the broad pennant of Commodore Richard King, but he was one of ten men killed and forty-five wounded aboard that vessel at the Battle of Sadras on 17 February where she was outnumbered and almost cut off by several French vessels.