British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Craufurd, Robert

By: Ron McGuigan

 

Craufurd, Robert (5 May 1764 - 24 January 1812)

General Robert Crauford

3rd son of 1st Baronet. Younger brother of Lieutenant General Sir Charles Gregan Craufurd.

Ensign 65th Foot 1780, Ensign 26th Foot 1780,  Lieutenant 98th Foot* 1780, Lieutenant 26th Foot 1781, Captain 92nd Foot+ 1782,  Captain-Lieutenant 45th Foot 1783,  Captain-Lieutenant 101st Foot* 1785, Half-pay 1785-1787, Captain 33rd Foot 1787, Captain 75th Foot 1787. Sold commission 1795.  Major Hompesch's Hussars^ 1797,  Lieutenant Colonel 60th Foot  1797, Lieutenant Colonel 86th Foot 1802,  Half-pay 1803, Brevet Colonel 1805, Brigadier General on the Staff 1807-1808 and 1809-1811, Major General 1811. *disbanded 1785.  + disbanded 1783.^disbanded 1798.

Early service: India 1790-1792, Deputy Quartermaster-General Ireland 1798, Military Commissioner attached Russian Army Switzerland 1799, Helder 1799. Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies 1806.    Commanded brigade in South America 1806-1807, surrendered at Buenos Aires and prisoner of war 1807.  

Portugal & Spain: Commanded brigade Spain 1808-1809 and embarked at Vigo 1809.

Peninsular War: Commanded Light Brigade May - July 1809, temporarily commanded 3rd Division July 1809 - February 1810. Commanded Light Division February 1810 -  February 1811 and April 1811 - January 1812. Died of wounds at assault of Ciudad Rodrigo 1812.

MP 1802-1806.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2008

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