30 May 1784 - 6 Oct 1861
Date added: 25 Feb 2015
My great, great grandfather, George Fawbert was born on 30th May 1784 at York. He was recruited into the 11th Light Dragoons on 20th October 1802 at Hounslow Barracks, Middlesex. His first years with the Regiment were spent in England and Ireland. They were based on the South coast of England due to the threat of a French invasion and one of the Regiment’s duties was to look after 7000 French prisoners.
In 1810 he married Mary Carr in Malton, North Yorkshire and they eventually had eleven children. In May 1811, the Regiment was sent to Portugal and took part in actions during the Peninsular War including the battle of Salamanca. In October 1812, George suffered a wound to his neck inflicted by a sabre during the retreat from Burgos.
George later fought with his Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo and afterwards was part of the Army of Occupation, based around St. Omer. During this time his wife, Mary joined him in France and their second child, James Fawbert was born on 25th March 1817 at Clarques, Pas-de-Calais.
George was eventually discharged from the Regiment on 16th February 1819 after being declared unfit for further service due to frequent rheumatic attacks. George died on 6th October 1861 at the village of Ellingstring, near Masham, North Yorkshire.