Steve beat me to it, as usual.
Ah, newspapers...can they never get things right? No 'gentleman' could deposit £5,000 to purchase his commission (lieutenant colonel cost £3,500). That was over the regulation price and a punishable offence for an officer to do so. Since Hely was promoted to major without purchase and then lieutenant colonel without purchase, he was not allowed to sell out, not having purchased his commissions.
Captain 11 May 1776
Major 23 October 1790?, succeeded on death vacancy
Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1 March 1794
Lieutenant Colonel 11th Foot 1 September 1795, on augmentation?
Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research.
v. 81, nos. 325-328
'Lieutenant-Colonel Hely noted that there was confusion on the left and went to that position, but he was shot in the head and killed'
He is mentioned in:
The first respectable spy: the life and times of Colquhoun Grant, Wellington's Head of Intelligence by Jock Haswell, Hamilton, 1969
His son, James Price Hely was an officer in the 19th Foot. He married Charlotte Newman of the Newman's of Thornbury Park, Gloucester.
Officers of the Green Howards, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), (formerly the 19th Foot) 1688 to 1920
JAMES PRICE HELY, KH 2nd son of Br.-Gen. Patrick Hely, nth Foot, killed at
Ostend, 1798. Ensign, 69th Foot, 4th April, 1795 ; Lieut., 9th July, ...
Patrick's wife Charlotte Hely was awarded £50 annually, to-date from 11 July 1798, and after her death their daughter, also Charlotte, received the allowance from the Compassionate List.