British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Walker, George Townshend

By: Ron McGuigan

 

Walker, George Townshend (25 May 1764 - 14 November 1842)

Son of Major Nathaniel Walker.

Ensign 95th Foot* 1782, Lieutenant 95th Foot* 1783, Half-pay, Lieutenant 73rd Foot+ 1784, Half-pay, Lieutenant 36th Foot 1786,  Lieutenant 35th Foot 1787, Captain-Lieutenant 14th Foot 1789, Captain 60th Foot 1791, Major 60th Foot 1795, Lieutenant-Colonel 50th Foot 1798, Brevet Colonel 1808, Brigadier General on the Staff 1811, Major General 1811, Lieutenant General 1821, General 1838.

* disbanded 1785. + renamed as 71st Foot.

Early Service: India 1784-1787 and as Deputy Quartermaster-General 1785,  Aide De Camp Ireland 1788, Flanders 1793-1795, Inspector of Foreign Corps Continent 1795-1796,  Aide De Camp Portugal 1797-1798, Inspecting Field Officer Home Staff 1798-1799, Portugal 1799, British Commissioner to Russian Army  Helder 1799, Malta 1801-1802, Copenhagen 1807.

Portugal & Spain : Portugal and at Vimeiro 1808.

Peninsular War: Brigadier General & British Liaison Officer with Spanish Army 1810-1811. Temporarily commanded 5th Division October-December 1811. Commanded brigade 5th Division December 1811-April 1812. Commanded brigade 2nd Division, August-November 1813. Temporarily commanded 7th Division November 1813- February 1814. Wounded at assault of Badajoz April 1812 and Orthez February 1814.

Other Service: On Walcheren 1809.  On staff Cadiz 1810-1811. Governor of Grenada 1815-1816. Commander-in-Chief Madras Presidency 1825-1831. Lieutenant Governor Royal Hospital Chelsea 1837-1842.

KCB 1815. GCB 1817. Created a Baron et 1835.

Colonel of the De Meuron's Regiment 1812-1816, 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade 1816-1818, 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade 1818-1820, 84th Foot 1820-1822, 52nd Foot 1822-1839, 50th Foot 1839-1842.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: January 2008

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