The image created by John Eckstein neatly summarises the group we have called ‘Hood’s Boys’. It probably shows the team behind the establishment of the Diamond Rock battery and included the young officers of HMS Centaur under the command of Sir Murray Maxwell.
One is struck by the youth of these men, especially considering that Lt. Bettesworth, shown in the top row, was a mere 24 years of age and would soon be commanding the Curieux, armed with 16 guns and with nearly 100 men under his command.
Lt Ayscough would later be promoted to take over command of HMS St Lucia.3
More detailed notes on some of these officers are attached. They show the variety of posts that were open to young men in early years of the century and highlight of theatres in which they might find themselves serving, their lives always at risk.