William John Codrington
|Sir William Codrington|
Lieutenant General Sir W.J. Codrington, K.C.B., 1855
|Died||6 August 1884 (aged 80)
|Buried at||Woking, Surrey|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Military career 
In September 1854 he was appointed Commander of the 1st Brigade of the Light Division in the Crimea where he led his brigade into the Battle of Alma. He also led his brigade at the Battle of Inkerman and, while General George Brown was wounded, took command of the whole division. He was involved in the planning of the unsuccessful assault, in September 1855, on the Redan at Sevastopol. However the French were more successful at the Battle of Malakoff and the siege came to an end. After the resignation of General James Simpson in November 1855 he became Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in the Crimea.
Political career 
In politics, Codrington was a Liberal supporter of Viscount Palmerston. He particularly liked his leader's foreign policy. He was in favour of "progressive reform" and "civil and religious liberty", but did not support the secret ballot.
In 1836 he married Aymes and together they went on to have two sons and two daughters. His son, Alfred, also joined the Army, commanding a Home Service army during the First World War; his daughter Mary married William Earle, an Army officer killed commanding the forces the Battle of Kirbekan. The other two children died young.
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William John Codrington
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Peter Rolt and
|Member of Parliament for Greenwich
Feb. 1857 – May 1859
With: Montague Chambers, to Mar 1857
John Townsend, Mar 1857–Feb 1859
David Salomons, Feb–May 1859
David Salomons and
|Governor of Gibraltar