British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Hardinge, Henry

By: Ron McGuigan

Hardinge, Henry (30 March 1785 - 24 September 1856)

Younger brother of Captain George Hardinge RN and older brother of Major General Richard Hardinge.

Ensign Queen's Rangers* 1798, Half-pay 1802, Lieutenant 4th Foot 1802, Lieutenant 1st Foot 1803, Lieutenant 47th Foot 1803, Captain 57th Foot 1804, Major EOPS 1809, Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1811, Lieutenant Colonel 40th Foot 1814, Captain & Lieutenant Colonel 1st Foot Guards 1814, Brevet Colonel 1821, Half-pay 1827, Brigadier General on the continent 1815, Major General 1830, Lieutenant General 1841, General Home Staff 1852, General l854, Field Marshal 1855.

* disbanded 1802.

Served in Portuguese Service 1809-1814. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel 1809, Colonel 1813.

Early Service: Attended Royal Military College 1806-1807, Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General with a force Mediterranean 1807-1808.

Portugal & Spain: Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General Portugal and wounded at Vimeiro 1808. Aide De Camp to Commander-in-Chief Spain 1808-1809 and at Corunna 1809.

Peninsular War: Deputy Quartermaster-General to Portuguese Army 1809-1814. Commanded a brigade

Portuguese Army 1814. Wounded Vitoria June 1813.

Other Service: British Military Commissioner to Prussian Army Flanders and France 1815-1818 and wounded at Ligny 1815. Clerk of the Ordnance 1823-1827 and 1828, Secretary at War 1828-1830, Irish Secretary 1830 and 1834-1835, Secretary at War 1841-1844. Governor-General India 1844-1848 and acted as second-in-command 1st Sikh War 1845-1846. Master General of the Ordnance 1852. General Commanding-in-Chief British Army 1852-1856.

MP 1820-1844. KCB 1815. GCB 1844. Created Viscount Hardinge 1846.

Colonel of the 97th Foot 1833-1843, 57th Foot 1843-1856.

 

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