|Sir Colin Halkett|
Sir Colin Halkett
|Died||1856 (aged 81-82)|
|Commands held||Bombay Army|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order
From 1800 to 1801 he commanded Dutch troops on the Island of Guernsey. On 28 July 1803, a letter of service was issued to Major Halkett (and to Lieutenant Colonel von der Decken) empowering him "to raise a battalion of infantry with an establishment of four hundred and fifty-nine men" and offering him the rank of lieutenant colonel should he increase the number to eight hundred men. These men formed the nucleus of what was to become the King's German Legion in December 1803. On 17 November 1803, Halkett was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and given command of the 2nd Light Infantry Battalion. This Battalion was involved in Cathcart's expeditions to Hanover, Rügen and Copenhagen.
In 1811 he was given command of the Light Brigade of the King's German Legion. He held this command throughout the Peninsular War from Albuera to Toulouse. On 1 January 1812 he was promoted to Colonel. At the Battle of Salamanca (22 July 1812), he commanded 1st Brigade of the 7th Division under Major General Hope.
Halkett was promoted to Major General on 4 June 1814.
On 18 June 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo he commanded the 5th Brigade in the 3rd Division, under the command of Major General Carl von Alten. He was wounded four times during the course of the battle.
Halkett became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 1821 and was the first Lieutenant Governor to reside in the St Saviour Government House, still in use today. During this time he married Letitia Cricket, widow of Captain Tyle of the Royal Artillery. He had a son, Frederick (John) Colin Halkett, on 10 June 1826. He was promoted to Lieutenant General on 22 July 1830 and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army in January 1832. He was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1849 until his death in 1856.
Two streets in Saint Helier are named after him.
- Order of the Tower and Sword 2nd rank
- Order of Maximilian Joseph 2nd rank
|Unit||Commander||Number of Men|
|1st Brigade||Colonel Sir Colin Halkett||unknown|
|1st Light Battalions King’s German Legion||unknown||unknown|
|2nd Light Battalions King’s German Legion||unknown||unknown|
|7 Cos Brunswick Oels||unknown||unknown|
|Unit||Commander||Number of Men|
|5th Brigade||Major General Sir Colin Halkett||2,274|
|2nd/30th Foot Regiment||Lieutenant Colonel Bailey||635|
|33rd Foot Regiment||Lieutenant Colonel Elphinstone||576|
|2nd/69th Foot Regiment||Major Muttlebury||565|
|2nd/73rd Foot Regiment||Lieutenant Colonel Harris||498|
- Colin Halkett at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Beamish, History of the King's German Legion Vol 1 p.75f
- Survey of London, volume 11, edited by Walter H. Godfrey (editor), Published 1927
- Richard Cannon, Historical Record of the Seventy-First Regiment, Highland Light Infantry (London, 1852) p. 131.
- Beamish, History of the King's German Legion Vol 2, p.524ff
- N. Ludlow Beamish; History of the King's German Legion Vol 1. 1832-37 (new edition: Naval and Military Press 1997 ISBN 0-9522011-0-0)
- N. Ludlow Beamish; History of the King's German Legion Vol 2. 1832-37 (new edition: Naval and Military Press 1997 ISBN 0-9522011-0-0)
- Mike Chappell; The King's German Legion (2) 1812-1816. Osprey 2000 ISBN 1-85532-997-2
|Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Sir William Thornton
Sir Thomas Beckwith
|C-in-C, Bombay Army
Sir John Keane
Sir George Anson
|Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Sir Edward Blakeney