Captain James Gubbins




He joined the 60th Rifles as an Ensign in October 1804 and moved to the cavalry a year later, joining the 3rd Dragoons as a Lieutenant in November 1805. This portrait shows him in the uniform of the 3rd. In February 1811 he was a Captain in the 13th Light Dragoons, meeting his men and fellow officers for the first time on 10th July 1811 at Malpartida. He kept a journal during his time in the Peninsula including an account of the Charging of the French Guns at Arroyo Molinos. Gubbins was killed by a cannon-ball at Waterloo.


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