British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

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

By: Ron McGuigan

Fane, Henry (26 November 1778 - 24 March 1840)

Older brother of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Fane and General Milday Fane.

Cornet 7th Dragoon Guards 1792, Lieutenant 55th Foot 1792, Captain Independent Company 1793, Captain-Lieutenant 4th Dragoons Guards 1793, Captain 4th Dragoons Guards 1793, Major 4th Dragoons Guards 1795, Lieutenant Colonel 4th Dragoon Guards 1797, Lieutenant Colonel 1st Dragoon Guards 1804, Brevet Colonel 1805, Brigadier General on the Staff 1808-1810, Major General 1810, Lieutenant General Continent 1816, Lieutenant General 1819, General 1837.

Early service: Aide-de-Camp to Lord Lieutenant Ireland 1793-1794.

Portugal & Spain:  Commanded 6th Light Brigade Portugal and at Vimeiro 1808. Commanded brigade Portugal 1808 and a brigade Spain 1808-1809 and at Corunna 1809.

Peninsular War: Commanded cavalry brigade May - November 1809, March - May 1810. Commanded cavalry with Hill's detached corps May - December 1810. Invalided home due to ill health 1810. Commanded  cavalry brigade May 1813 - January 1814  and all cavalry with Hill's detached corps January - April 1814.

Other service: On Home Staff 1812, Inspector General of Cavalry 1814-1815, on Home Staff 1815-1816. Commanded cavalry of British Contingent Army of Occupation France 1817-1818.  Surveyor General of the Ordnance 1829-1831.  Commander-in-Chief India 1835-1839. Organized Army of the Indus for invasion of Afghanistan 1838. Resigned due to ill health 1839. Died on passage home from India 1840.

Aide-de-Camp to the King 1805.  MP 1802-1818, 1829-1831. KCB 1815. GCB 1826. Colonel of  23rd Light Dragoons 1814, 4th Dragoon Guards 1814-1827, 1st Dragoon Guards 1827-1840.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2006; updated February 2012

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