(Part taken from his Obituary Notice)
Charles King was born in Dublin in 1785.He entered the army in the year 1803 as a Cornet in 11th.Light Dragoons.In 1810 he embarked with his regiment for Lisbon and served from that period under the Duke of Wellington throughout the Peninsular Campaign.
At El Bodon he was so severely wounded in the right arm as to render amputation necessary, having previously on the same day received a very bad wound in the left hand.As a reward for his services – and on the special recommendation of the Duke of Wellington, he was promoted by the Duke of York to a troop in the 16th.Lancers in which regiment he served for a period of 15 years.
He served through the whole of the Peninsular War, and was present and took an active and conspicuous part in some of the great battles.
He returned to the Continent in 1814 with his regiment and was engaged in action at Quatre Bras and Waterloo on the ever memorable days of the 16th.17th.and 18th.of June 1815.During the battle he had one horse killed under him and another severely wounded.Immediately afterwards he was appointed Brigade Major to the 4th.Brigade.
Having been appointed Major, he rejoined the 16th.Lancers who were ordered to India for the years 1823-1825 and fought through the Bhurtpore Campaign distinguishing himself commanding the left wing of the Lancers.During the investment and siege of the fortress of Bhurtpore, , in conjunction with Captain Luard and two orderlies, he succeeded in capturing a native Rajah with his whole suite.
Submitted by Michael Trevor-Barnston
– G .G.G.Grandson of Colonel King