British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
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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