George Anson, born in 1769, was the second son of George Adams who changed his name to Anson. The family home was Shugborough Manor, Colwich, Staffs. His mother was the Hon Mary Vernon, daughter of Lord Vernon. Young George was educated at Eton. He later lived at Rushal Hall, Staffordshire, and 5 Bulstrode Street, Middlesex. He was MP for Lichfield but rarely attended and did not speak. He was uncle to the other famous George Anson, Commander-in-Chief in India when the Mutiny broke out in 1857.
The portrait of Sir George Anson shows him wearing the uniform of a general officer of light dragoons. He served in various light dragoon regiments from 1786 up until the Peninsular War. He was in the West Indies with the 20th Jamaica Light Dragoons from the raising of the regiment in 1791 to 1798. In the Peninsular War he commanded the 3rd Cavalry Brigade at Talavera (23rd LD and 1st Hussars King's German Legion). He named one of his sons Talavera Vernon Anson who became an Admiral. At Salamanca he commanded the 2nd Cavalry Brigade (11th, 12th and 16th Light Dragoons). At Vittoria he was in the Left Column, commanding the 1st Cavalry Brigade (12th and 16th Light Dragoons).'
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