He was Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Battalion 47th Foot.
Skerrett, John Byne (1778? - 10 March 1814)
Son of Lieutenant General John Nicholas Skerrett.
Ensign 99th Foot* 1783, Lieutenant 79th Foot*? 1784, Half-pay, Lieutenant 19th Foot 1791, Lieutenant 48th Foot 1792, Captain 123rd Foot+ 1795, Captain 69th Foot 1795, Major 83rd Foot 1798, Lieutenant-Colonel 83rd Foot 1800, Half-pay 1803, Lieutenant Colonel 10th Battalion of Reserve^ 1803, Lieutenant Colonel 47th Foot 1804, Brevet Colonel 1810, Major General 1813.
*disbanded 1784. + disbanded 1796. ^renamed 10th Garrison Battalion 1804 and disbanded 1805.
Peninsular War: With regiment at Cadiz 1809 and on Staff Cadiz August 1811 - 1812. Commanded British Force at defence of Tarifa 1811-1812 and at capture of Seville 1812. Commanded a brigade with Hillís Corps 1812. Commanded brigade 4th Division October 1812-July 1813. Commanded brigade Light Division July-September 1813.
Other Service: Commanded brigade The Netherlands 1813-1814. Died of wounds at assault on Bergen-op-Zoom 1814.