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Admiral John Byng was a Royal Navy officer. After joining the navy at the age of fourteen he participated at the Battle of Cape Passaro in 1718. Over the next thirty years he built up a reputation as a solid naval officer and received promotion to Admiral.

Byng is best known for the loss of Minorca in 1756 at the beginning of the Seven Years' War. He was court-martialled and executed for failing to "do his utmost" to prevent Minorca falling to the French following the Battle of Minorca.

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Admiral John Byng was a Royal Navy officer. After joining the navy at the age of fourteen he participated at the Battle of Cape Passaro in 1718. Over the next thirty years he built up a reputation as a solid naval officer and received promotion to Admiral.

Byng is best known for the loss of Minorca in 1756 at the beginning of the Seven Years' War. He was court-martialled and executed for failing to "do his utmost" to prevent Minorca falling to the French following the Battle of Minorca. More

 
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