Captain Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood, born on 31st March 1804, was the nephew of Charles Stewart Vane who was colonel of the 10th Hussars so this was the first regiment that Wood entered as a cornet in 1820. He exchanged to the Grenadier Guards on 4th October 1827 with the army rank of Captain but the regimental rank of Lieutenant. By 1839 he was Captain and Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1854 he was Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel which position he held for 4 years until he was promoted to Major-General. In 1864 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and full General in 1872. He was an MP for Middlesex in 1837, losing his seat in 1847. He was married in 1848, at the ripe old age of 44 to Fanny Smyth, daughter of the Duke of Grafton. During his time he was a JP and a member of the Royal Society. He died at Littleton near Chertsey on 23rd October 1872.

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