British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Wilson, George 

By: Ron McGuigan

Wilson, John (1780 - 22 June 1856)

Son of Lieutenant Colonel John Wilson.

Ensign 28th Foot 1794, Lieutenant 28th Foot 1795, Captain Minorca Regiment* 1799, Major Minorca Regiment* 1802, Lieutenant-Colonel Royal York Rangers^ 1808, Brevet Colonel 1814, Half-pay,  Major General 1825, Lieutenant General 1838, General 1854.

* renamed as Queen's German Regiment and as 97th Foot.  ^ disbandedas Royal African Corps 1819.

Served in Portuguese Service 1809-1814. Colonel 1809, Brigadier 1811, Major General 1814. 

Early Service: West Indies 1796 and prisoner of war 1796-1797, Gibraltar 1797, Minorca 1798, Egypt 1801-1802.

Portugal & Spain: Portugal and wounded at Vimeiro 1808.

Peninsular War: Served in Lusitanian Legion 1809. Chief of Staff and second-in-command Tras-os-Montes Province 1810. Governor of Minho Province 1811-1812. Commanded a brigade of the  Portuguese Army 1813-1814.  Wounded near Bayonne November 1813.

Other Service: Commander-in-Chief Ceylon 1830-1839.

Knighted 1814. CB 1815. KCB 1837.

Colonel of the 82nd Foot 1836-1841, 11th Foot 1841-1856.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2009

 

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