Robert Brookes

He served throughout the Peninsular War and reached the rank of senior major in the 69th Regiment before transferring to the 24th as lieutenant-colonel commanding in 1848. He took the regiment to India and led them at the battle of Chilianwallah on 13th Jan 1849. He was killed in the charge against the Sikh guns on that day. Lord Gough wrote about Brookes and John Pennycuick in his despatch, "two officers not surpassed for sound judgment and military daring in this or any other army." The painting shows him as a young flank company officer in the 1830s.

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