British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Payne, William

By: Ron McGuigan

Payne, William (1759 - 16 April 1831)

Cornet 1st Dragoons 1776, Lieutenant 1st Dragoons 1777, Captain 1st Dragoons 1782, Major 1st Dragoons 1794, Lieutenant Colonel 1st Dragoons 1794, Lieutenant Colonel 17th Light Dragoons 1796, Lieutenant Colonel 3rd Dragoon Guards 1796, Lieutenant Colonel 10th Light Dragoons 1805, Brevet Colonel 1798, Brigadier General on the Staff 1803-1805, Major General 1805, Lieutenant General Peninsula 1809, Lieutenant General 1811, General 1825.

Early service: Brigade Major Home Staff 1793. Flanders 1793-1794. On staff Ireland 1803-1805.

Portugal & Spain: Commanded cavalry brigade ordered to Spain 1808, but orders cancelled upon news of the first retreat of Moore's army in Spain.

Peninsular War: Commanded all cavalry May 1809- May 1810.  Left peninsula upon arrival of a senior officer June 1810.

Created a Baronet 1812. Assumed additional name of Gallwey in 1814. Colonel of 23rd Light Dragoons 1807-1814, 19th Light Dragoons 1814-1815, 12th Light Dragoons 1815-1825, 3rd Dragoon Guards 1825-1831.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: June 2006; updated August 2012

 

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