British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Kempt, James 

By: Ron McGuigan

Kempt, James  (1765 - 20 December 1854)

Ensign 101st Foot* 1783, Lieutenant 101st Foot* 1784, Half-pay 1785-1794, Lieutenant 58th Foot 1794, Captain 113th Foot+ 1794, Major 113th Foot+ 1795, Major Unattached 1795, Half-pay 1798, Major 66th Foot 1803, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1799,  Lieutenant-Colonel 81st Foot 1803, Brevet Colonel 1809, Major General Peninsula 1811, Major General 1812, Lieutenant General North America 1819, Lieutenant General 1825, General 1841.

* disbanded 1785. + disbanded 1795.

Early Service: Inspecting Field Officer Recruiting Home Staff 1795-1799. Aide De Camp Scotland 1799, Aide De Camp Helder 1799, Aide De Camp Mediterranean 1800, Aide De Camp Egypt 1801-1802, Aide De Camp Home Staff 1803, Sicily 1805-1807 and brigade at Maida 1806, Quartermaster-General British North America 1807-1811.

Peninsular War: Commanded brigade 3rd Division February-April 1812.  Commanded brigade Light Division March-August 1813, ?? 1813-April 1814. Temporarily commanded Light Division August - ?? 1813. Wounded at assault of Badajoz April 1812 and Nivelle November 1813.

Other Service: Commanded brigade War of 1812 British North America 1814-1815. Commanded 8th Brigade, then 5th Division and Reserve Corps,  Flanders and France and wounded at Waterloo 1815. Commanded 7th Brigade 1815-1817 and 6th Brigade 1817-1818  Army of Occupation France. Lieutenant Governor Portsmouth 1819. Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia 1820-1828, Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of British North America 1828-1830. Master General of the Ordnance 1830-1834.

Aide De Camp to the King  1809. KCB 1815. GCB 1815. GCH 1816.

Colonel of the 8th Battalion 60th Foot 1813-1816, 3rd West India Regiment 1818-1819, 81st Foot 1819-1829,  40th Foot 1829-1834, 2nd Foot 1834-1846, 1st Foot 1846-1854.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: December 2007; updated April 2012

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