British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Beckwith, Thomas Sydney

By: Ron McGuigan

Beckwith, Thomas Sydney.  (1772 - 15 January 1831)

Also as Thomas Sidney Beckwith. Son of Major General John Beckwith. Younger brother of Captain John Beckwith, General Sir George Beckwith, Brigadier General Ferdinand Beckwith and Major General William Henry Beckwith.

Ensign 65th Foot 1790, Lieutenant 71st Foot 1791, Captain-Lieutenant 71st Foot 1797, Captain 95th Foot 1800, Major 15th Foot 1802, Major 95th Foot 1802, Lieutenant-Colonel 95th Foot 1803, Brevet Colonel 1811, Major General 1814, Lieutenant General Bombay Presidency 1829, Lieutenant General 1830.

Early Service: India 1791-1794, Ceylon 1795, India 1796-1798, Copenhagen 1801, Hanover 1805, Copenhagen 1807.

Portugal & Spain: Portugal and at Vimeiro 1808. Portugal and Spain 1808-1809 and at Corunna 1809.

Peninsular War: Served with his regiment 1809-1810. Commanded brigade Light Division August 1810-July 1811. Wounded Sabugal April 1811. Invalided home due to ill health 1811.

Other Service: Assistant Quartermaster-General British North America 1813. Commanded a force War of 1812 on Atlantic Coast of United States of America 1813. Quartermaster-General British North America 1813-1815. Commander-in-Chief Bombay Presidency 1829-1831 and acting Governor 1830. Died in India 1831.

Knighted 1812. KCB 1815. Colonel-Commandant of  the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade 1827-1831. 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2007; updated November 2011

 

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