British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 2nd Regiment of Foot
By Steve Brown
Stations and Combats – 1st Battalion
Careers of Senior Officers (shown as highest rank attained in regiment in the period)
Lt. Col. Hon. Frederick St. John
Born 1765, youngest son of Viscount Bolingbroke; Major in 45th Foot 16 June 1783 (on transfer from 104th Foot); Lieutenant-Colonel in 2nd Foot March 1791; Transferred to 117th Foot August 1794; subsequently a General; died 1844.
Born George Ramsay in Scotland 1770; Major in 2nd Foot 27 June 1792 (on transfer from 1st Foot); commanded 2nd Foot in Martinique campaign; Lieutenant-Colonel 22 August 1794; wounded and returned to England 1795; commanded 2nd Foot 1795 to 1801; brevet Colonel 1 January 1800; Brigadier-General in Scotland 1803-1805; Major-General 25 April 1808; Lieutenant-General 4 June 1813. Commanded 7th Division in the Peninsula 1812-1814; died 1838.
Lt. Col. William Harris
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in 40th Foot 1 March 1794; Major in 2nd Foot July 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel 1 September 1795; retired December 1797.
Lt. Col. Thomas Eyre
Major in 2nd Foot 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel 27 December 1797; died July 1799.
Lt. Col. Love Parry Jones
Brevet Major in 2nd Foot 9 September 1794; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 January 1798; Lieutenant-Colonel 25 May 1799; possibly retired to estates about 1808. (Not to be confused with the Victorian era General Love Parry Jones-Parry, who was born in 1782).
Col. Hon. James Ramsay
Born Scotland 1772; younger brother of Earl Dalhousie; Major in 2nd Foot 27 December 1797; served in Helder 1799; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 29 April 1802; served in the Peninsula August 1808 to October 1808; commanded the 2nd Foot at Vimiero; served in Walcheren 1809; Colonel 4 June 1811; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1814; died 1837.
Lt. Col. William Iremonger
Major in 88th Foot September 1804 (on transfer from 11th Reserve Regiment); Lieutenant-Colonel in 2nd Foot 17 March 1808; commanded 2nd Foot in the Peninsula August 1808 to January 1809; served at Vimiero and Corunna; commanded 2nd Foot in Walcheren 1809; commanded 2nd Foot in Peninsula March 1811 to May 1811; retired 2 May 1811.
Major John Kingsbury
Joined the army in 1780; served at Gibraltar, Glorious 1st of June, West Indies, Helder; Major in 2nd Foot 15 December 1800; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 25 April 1808; served in the Peninsula from August 1808 to January 1809; commanded 2nd Foot at Corunna; served at Walcheren 1809; and again in Peninsula from March 1811 to December 1812; severely wounded at Salamanca, died in England 14 August 1813.
Lt. Col. Lord Robert Manners
Major in 10th Light Dragoons 3 May 1805; Lieutenant-Colonel in 2nd Foot 2 May 1811; commanded 2nd Foot 1811 to 1812; transferred to 23rd Light Dragoons 2 July 1812; ADC to Duke of Wellington in the Waterloo campaign.
Lt. Col. Godfrey Basil Mundy
Born London c.1770; Major in 3rd Dragoons 27 August 1802; served in the Peninsula August 1811 to November 1811 (3rd Dragoons); Lieutenant-Colonel in 2nd Foot 2 July 1812; commanded 2nd Foot 1812 to 1814; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1814.
Lt. Col. George Augustus Henderson
Captain & ADC to Lord Dalhousie in the Peninsula until April 1812; Major in 2nd Foot 4 June 1813; commanded 2nd Battalion of Detachments from December 1813 to April 1814; Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 12 April 1814; Lieutenant-Colonel 16 June 1814; commanded 2nd Foot 1814 to 1817; on half-pay 1820.
Major George Edward Raitt
Served in the Peninsula August 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; and again in the Peninsula from December 1811 to May 1812 as a Captain and ADC to Major-General Houston; Major in 2nd Foot 19 August 1813; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 25 April 1814; Deputy Quarter-Master General to the Forces in Malta September 1814; exchanged to the half-pay of the 90th Foot in 1817.
Captain James Florence de Burgh
Born in Ireland, real name James Florence Burke; served in the French army, deserted to the British army, was a spy in South America 1806-07; brevet Major in 2nd Foot 27 August 1807; served in the Peninsula August 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; and again in the Peninsula from December 1811 to May 1812; Assumed the name ‘de Burgh’ in 1811; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4 June 1813; Lieutenant-Colonel 12 July 1817.
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Placed on the Napoleon Series: April 2009; updated October 2009
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