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Lt Col & Brevet Col Sir George A Wood

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Submitted by: Richard Tennant BCMH

Date added: 4 Aug 2016

Kane’s List 664. After passing through the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, he received a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 24th May 1781.
His further commissions were dated:
Lieutenant 15 May 1790;
2nd Captain 7th January 1795;
Captain 3rd December 1800;
Major 24th July 1806;
Lieutenant Colonel 1st February 1808;
Brevet Colonel, 4th June 1814.

He served with the army under the Duke of York in Flanders in the campaigns of 1793 to 1795, taking part in the principal operations. Shortly after his return to England he went to the West Indies and was present under Sir Ralph Abercromby at the capture of Saint Lucia in May 1796 and of Saint Vincent in June of that year. In February 1797 he sailed with Abercromby's expedition from Martinique to the Gulf of Paria, was at the capture of Trinidad on 17th February and at the subsequent unsuccessful attempt on Puerto Rico.

Wood served with distinction in the Mediterranean from 1806 until 1808; he then went to Portugal, took part in Sir John Moore's campaign, was at the Battle of Coruña on 16th January 1809. In July 1809 he was in the expedition under the Earl of Chatham to Walcheren, was at the siege of Flushing and its capture on 14th August.
He commanded the Royal Artillery of the army under Sir Thomas Graham which co-operated with the allies in the 1813-14 campaign in Holland and Flanders.

In 1815 Wood commanded the whole of the Royal Artillery in the Waterloo Campaign. His staff officers were :
Assistant Adjutant General : Lt Col Sir J May, ‘H’ Troop RHA
Adjutant : Lt Col G Coles RA
Brigade Major : Capt H Baynes RA
Staff : Lt Col J Bloomfield RA

He commanded the British Artillery of the Army of Occupation in France until 1819, when he returned to England.
Source : Wikipedia Dalton, Charles (1904). The Waterloo roll call. With biographical notes and anecdotes

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