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Captain Charles French

Waterloo 200

of 71st Regiment of Foot

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Submitted by: Maurice French

Date added: 28 Jan 2015

Charles was the third son of Arthur French MP of French Park, Co Roscommon, Ireland. He was born in 1790 and died in 1868. He was my great grandfather. The fact that he was only my great (and not say great x 3) is best explained by him being 65 years old when my grandfather was born. His wife Catherine was 35 years younger and lived on into the Twentieth Century - just.

He was commissioned into the 71st Regiment of Foot – The Highland Light Infantry - in 1809. He saw action in New Orleans and in the Peninsular campaign. In 1811 he transferred to the Loyal Lincolnshire Volunteers.

At Waterloo he was in Lamberts 10th Brigade which was guarding the military chest (the gold & silver for Wellington’s campaigns) near the battlefield so he was not directly involved with the battle. In 1863 he succeeded his brother as the 3rd Baron De Freyne.

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