Captain Thomas Milles

Thomas Potter Milles joined the 14th Light Dragoons as a cornet in March 1804. He reached the rank of captain in 1807 and served throughout the Pennisula War. He was wounded at Fuentes d'Onoro and particularly distinguished himself at Burgos on 12 June 1813 when his squadron captured a gun. In march 1814 he was promoted to major. He briefly commanded the 14th in 1814 when Sir Felton Bathurst Hervey went on leave. He commanded two dismounted squadrons at New Orleans in 1815. He retired from the army in 1828.

The miniature portrait was painted in 1815. He wears the blue jacket with orange facings and silver buttons and epaulettes. The miniature was bought in London by David Johnson who published this photo in Tradition magazine no. 71, some time in the 1970s. He wrote an article to go with it on which this caption is based. On the back of the portrait is written: 'Mr Mills, 14th Light Dragoons, Henrietta Street, London. In the Court Guide for 1808 Captain Milles is listed at 58 Wimpole Street.

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