7th Hussars


Sir Edward Kerrison



Edward Kerrison was born at the family home of Hexne Hall near Bungay, Suffolk. He first joined the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons but exchanged to the 7th LD in 1789, in time to fight in the Helder campaign. He was second in command in the early Peninsula war and was part of the Retreat to Corunna. On Christmas Day 1808 he fought with an officer of French dragoons when their piquets clashed, and his arm was broken in two places. In 1813 he commanded the regiment at the passage of the Oleron, at the action of Sauvetere and at the battles of Orthes and Toulouse. He was wounded at Orthes. On their return to England the officers of the 7th Hussars presented him with a valuable piece of silver 'as a testimony of their admiration of his gallantry'. He also received the CB, and the following year became Sir Edward Kerrison. At Waterloo he again distinguished himself and was wounded in the leg when his horse was shot under him.

1776 born on 30th July in Suffolk
1796 Cornet in 6th Dragoons. 23rd June
1798 Captain, 8th Nov
1798 Transferred to 7th Light Dragoons
1799 Served in the Helder campaign
1803 Major, 12th May
1805 Lieutenant-Colonel, 4th April
1808 Wounded in Spain
1812 MP for Shaftsbury, until 1818
1813 Commanded 7th Hussars in Peninsula as a Colonel, 4th June
1814 CB
1815 Knighted, 5th Jan
1815 Wounded at Waterloo
1818 MP Northampton, until 1824
1819 Major-General, 12th Aug
1821 Baronet by patent, 27th July
1824 MP for Eye, until 1852
1830 Colonel of 14th Light Dragoons, 18th June
1831 GCH
1840 KCB
1853 Died on 9th March



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by Stephen Luscombe