General Hon Sir Henry Murray KCB


The photogravure of Murray as a 28 year-old is from a pencil drawing by Cosway made when he was a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 18th Hussars. He led that regiment in a brilliant charge at Waterloo in the closing stages of the battle. He served in six different regiments during his military career and was appointed Colonel of two more. He served in Naples, Sicily and Calabria. He was at the siege of Alexandra and the storming of Rosetta. In Walcheren he was at the siege of Flushing. In the Peninsula he was at the crossing of the Eslar and the action at Morales de Toro. At this battle he was injured in the knee and invalided back to England. After Quatre Bras he commanded the rear of the column in the retreat and fought the next day at Waterloo. In later life he was Commissioner of the Chelsea Hospital and RMC Sandhurst. He was the second son of the Earl of Mansfield and Louisa who was the daughter of Charles, 9th Baron Cathcart. His wife was called Emily, the daughter of Gerard de Visme a French Huguenot. They and their 5 children lived at Wimbledon Lodge which was demolished in 1905.

1784 born on 6th August
1800 commissioned as cornet in 16th Light Dragoons
1801 Lieutenant 60th Regiment, 11th June
1802 Captain on 24th August in the 10th and then 20th Light Dragoons.
1805 ADC to Lord Cathcart (his uncle) in Ireland
1807 ADC in Egypt
1809 Major 26th March 26th Cameronians. Served at Walcheren
1812 Lt-Col 2nd Jan. Commanded 18th Hussars
1813 Went to the Peninsula with 18th Hussars in January
1813 Injured in the knee at Morales de Toro
1815 Fought at Quatre Bras and Waterloo
1830 Colonel 22nd July
1838 Major-General 28th June
1842 In command at Limerick
1847 18th Dec. Colonel of 7th Dragoon Guards
1848 In command at Plymouth during riots
1851 Lieut-General 11th Nov
1853 18th Mar. Colonel of 14th Light Dragoons
1855 General 6th Feb.
1860 Knight Commander of the Bath
1860 29th July. Died.


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