Major-General Sir Robert Henry Dick KCB KCH

Robert Henry Dick of Tully Mett, Perthshire is portrayed here in the uniform of the Black Watch c1817. At Quatre Bras the commanding Officer, Sir Robert Macara was killed so that command was taken up by Robert Dick.' He was wounded soon after and the command then passed to George Davidson, who was mortally wounded, then to Major John Campbell. Robert Dick's career included service in the Peninsular War. He was a major when he received a gold medal for his conduct at Busaco and at Fuentes d'Onoro where he commanded a flank battalion. He recovered from his wound at Quatre Bras, managed to fight at Waterloo, and at some point was appointed commanding officer of the 42nd, and remained in that post until 1828.' Forbes's history of the regiment says, 'On 25th November 1828 Hon Sir Charles Gordon, from half pay, became lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, vice Dick exchanged.' 'In 1825 Lt-Col Dick was appointed ADC to the King, and in 1845 he received the appointment of Colonel to the 73rd. Major-General Dick died of wounds at Sobraon, 10 Feb 1846, in the First Sikh War whilst leading and giving encouragement to the 80th Regiment. He was buried at Ferozepore and there is a memorial at Dunkeld Cathedral, Tayside.

1787 Born in Scotland 29 July
1800 Ensign 75th Regiment
1804 Lieutenant in 42nd
1806 Served in Sicily
1807 Served in Egypt
1808 Major in 42nd. 14 July
1812 Brevet Lieut-Col. 8 Oct
1814 CB
1815 Lieut-Col. 18 June
1825 ADC to King
1825 Half Pay
1832 KCH
1837 Major-General. 10 Jan
1838 KCB
1841 Temporary Commander-in-Chief in Madras
1845 Colonel of 73rd Foot. 10 June
1846 Commanded 3rd Infantry Division
1846 Killed at Sobraon. 10 Feb

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