British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
By: Ron McGuigan
D'Urban, Benjamin (1777 - 25 May 1849)
Cornet 2nd Dragoon Guards 1794, Lieutenant 2nd Dragoon Guards 1794,
Captain 2nd Dragoon Guards 1794, Captain-Lieutenant 29th Light Dragoons*
1795, Captain 29th Light Dragoons*, Captain 20th Light Dragoons 1797,
Major Warwickshire Fencible Cavalry+ 1799, Half-pay 1800, Major 25th
Light Dragoons 1801, Major 89th Foot 1802, Brevet Lieutenant
Colonel 1805, Lieutenant-Colonel 9th Garrison Battalion 1806, Lieutenant
Colonel 1st West India Regiment 1807, Lieutenant Colonel 2nd
West India Regiment 1808, Brevet Colonel 1813, Major General 1819,
Lieutenant General 1837.
* renamed 25th Light Dragoons. + disbanded 1800.
Served in Portuguese Service 1809-1816. Promoted Colonel 1809, Brigadier
1811, Major General 1814.
Early Service: Flanders 1794-1795, West Indies 1796-1797, Aide
De Camp Home Staff 1799, Aide De Camp West Indies 1799, on staff
at Royal Military College 1800-1805, Hanover 1805, Assistant Quartermaster-General
: Assistant Quartermaster-General Portugal
Peninsular War: Quartermaster-General to Portuguese Army 1809-1814.
Commanded a cavalry brigade Portuguese Army 1812-1814.
Other Service: Deputy Quartermaster-General to the forces 1816. Lieutenant
Governor Antigua 1820-1826 and British Guiana 1824-1831. Lieutenant
Governor and Commander-in-Chief Cape of Good Hope 1834-1838 and commanded
in 6th Kaffir War 1835. Commander-in-Chief Cape of Good Hope 1838-1846.
Commander-in-Chief British North America
1847-1849. Died in North America 1849.
KCB 1815. GCB 1840. KCH 1818.
Colonel of the Royal Staff Corps 1816-1829, 51st Foot 1829-1849.
Placed on the Napoleon Series: November 2007
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