British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Calcraft, Granby Thomas

By: Ron McGuigan

Calcraft, Granby Thomas (1767? or 1770? – 20 August 1820)

Brother of Major John Calcraft.

Cornet 15th Light Dragoons 1788, Lieutenant 15th Light Dragoons 1793, Captain 15th Light Dragoons 1794, Major 25th Light Dragoons* 1799, Major 3rd Dragoon Guards 1800, Lieutenant Colonel 3rd Dragoon Guards 1800, Brevet Colonel 1810, Major General 1813.

* Renumbered 22nd Light Dragoons 1802.

Early Service: Flanders 1793-1795, Aide-de-Camp  Helder 1799 and wounded.

Portugal & Spain: ordered on foreign service Portugal and Spain 1808. Embarkation orders cancelled due to retreat of Moore's army 1808.

Peninsular War: with his regiment 1809-1813. Temporarily commanded cavalry brigades for various periods 1809-1813.  Returned home on promotion 1813.

Other Service: on Home Staff 1813-1814.

M.P. 1807-1808.

Awarded Austrian Knighthood as Knight of the Order of Maria Theresa for his service at Villers-en-Cauchies 1794. His knighthood was apparently recognized by British Authorities, June 1801, as he had received His Majesty’s Royal Licence prior to the 1812 & 1813 regulations on receiving Foreign Decorations. This entitled him to rank as a Knight Bachelor and to be called Sir, although he was not made a British Knight.


Placed on the Napoleon Series: November 2012

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