British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Halkett, Colin

By: Ron McGuigan

 

Halkett, Colin (9 September 1774 - 24 or 25  September 1856)

Son of Major General Frederick Halkett. Older brother of General Freiherr Hugh von Halkett of the Hanoverian Service. 

Cadet Dutch Service 1792,  Ensign &  Lieutenant Dutch Foot Guards 1792, Lieutenant & Captain Dutch Foot Guards 1792. Retired 1795. Cornet Lanark & Dumbarton Fencible Cavalry* 1798, Ensign 3rd Foot 1799. Resigned 1800. In British Service as Captain 2nd Dutch Light Infantry+ 1800, Major German Levies^ 1803, Lieutenant-Colonel 2nd Light Battalion KGL 1803, Brevet Colonel 1812, Brigadier General on the Staff 1814, Major General 1814, Lieutenant General 1830, General 1846.

*disbanded 1799. +disbanded 1802. ^ became King's German Legion.

Early Service: Hanover 1805, Ireland 1806, Copenhagen 1807, Sweden 1808.

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

Peninsular War: Served with his regiment 1811. Commanded brigade 7th Division October 1811-December 1812. Commanded brigade KGL 1st Division May -October 1813.

Other Service: On Walcheren 1809. Commanded brigade The Netherlands 1814-1815. Commanded 5th Brigade in Flanders and wounded at Waterloo 1815. Lieutenant Governor Jersey 1821-1830. Commander-in-Chief Bombay Presidency 1831-1832. Lieutenant Governor and Governor Royal Hospital Chelsea 1848-1856.

KCB 1815. GCB 1847. KCH 1815. GCH 1820.

Lieutenant Colonel Commandant and Colonel Commandant of the 2nd Light Battalion, King's German Legion 1803-1816. Colonel of the 95th Foot 1823-1829, 71st Foot 1829-1838, 31st Foot 1838-1847, 45th Foot 1847-1856.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: November 2008

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