General George Warde

George Warde was born in 1727 and commissioned into the 11th Dragoons. He was a major in the 11th in 1756, and 2 years later was Lt-Col CO of the 4th Dragoons. King George III reviewed the regiment on several occasions and praised Warde for the excellent state of his unit. He was promoted to colonel in 1772 and in 1773 became Colonel of the 14th Dragoons. He was in that post when the regiment converted to Light Dragoons in 1776. The next year he was promoted to Major-General and then appointed Colonel of the 4th Dragoon Guards on 2 April 1778. He reached Lieutenant-General in 1782 and in 1792 was appointed C-in-C Ireland. He spent much time with the 4th DG and took them on exercise 5 times a week, leading them tirelessly across country to the astonishment of everyone since he was in his late 60s. In 1796 he reached the rank of General, and died in march 1803. He wears a red coat with green facings and silver lace. The buttons appear to have 14LD on them but this must be the uniform of the 4th Dragoons

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