Field Marshal Sir Alured Clarke GCB


Alured Clarke's first military service was in Germany under the Marquess of Granby. As a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Fusiliers he served in the American War of Independence. He was in command at Charleston and Savannah. In 1795 he was sent to India with secret instructions to stop off at the Cape of Good Hope and fight against the Dutch. He led a force which engaged the enemy at Wynberg and defeated them. In 1770 he married Elizabeth (Kitty) Hunter who had eloped with the married Earl of Pembroke. She had a son by Pembroke and received a pension from him, but she had no children with Clarke.

1744 Born on 24th Nov
1759 Ensign in 50th Foot
1760 Lieutenant
1763 Captain in 53rd Foot
1767 5th Foot, in Ireland
1770 Married Kitty Hunter
1771 Major 54th Foot
1776 Lieutenant-Colonel in 7th Royal Fusiliers
1782 Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica
1784 Governor of Jamaica
1791 Colonel of 1st Btn 60th Rifles, 8th July - 5th Aug 1794
1794 Colonel of 68th Foot, 6th Aug - 24th Oct 1794
1794 Colonel of 5th Foot, 25th Oct - 20th Aug 1801
1795 Defeat of Dutch at Wynberg
1795 Commander-in-Chief Madras Army
1797 Commander-in-Chief Bengal Army
1797 Acting Governor-General of India
1798 Commander-in-Chief in India
1801 Colonel of the Royal Fusiliers, 21st Aug
1830 Field Marshal
1832 Died on 16th Sep


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by Stephen Luscombe