He was a brother of Jane Austen, the novelist, who was born between him and their older brother Francis Austen, G.C.B. and Senior Admiral of the Fleet. He was the fifth and youngest son.
He went out in H.M.S. Hastings in command of the East India and China Station in 1850, but on the breaking out of the Burmese war he transferred his flag to a steam sloop in order to get up the Irrawaddy. He died of cholera. There is an obituary notice of him in The Gentleman's Magazine, issue of April, 1853, p. 438.
Source: J. Penry Lewis, C.M.G.: List of Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in Ceylon of Historical or Local Interest with an Obituary of Persons Uncommemorated, Colombo: H. C. Cottle, Government Printer, 1913, pp. 271-272.
Frances Fitzwilliam Palmer Austen
1790–1814 (m. 1807)
Sacred to the memory of His Excellency C. J. Austen, Esq., Companion of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, Rear Admiral of the Red and Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty's Naval Forces on the East India and China Station, died off Prome, the 7th October, 1852, while in command of the Naval Expedition on the river Irrawaddy against the Burmese Forces, aged 73 years.
Gravesite Details May be a cenotaph since he died at sea a distance away from port.