William Napier (British Army officer)

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William Napier
Born 18 March 1818
Died 23 September 1903
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Battles/wars Recapture of Port Natal
Scinde Campaign
Crimean War

Major-General William Craig Emilius Napier (18 March 1818 – 23 September 1903) was a British Army officer who became Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Lieutenant-General Sir George Thomas Napier and educated at Cheltenham College,[1] William Napier served with the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), and subsequently with the King's Own Scottish Borderers.[1] He was Director-General of Military Education and fought at the recapture of Port Natal in 1842, in the Scinde Campaign in 1845 and in the Crimean War in 1855.[1] He went on to be Colonel of the Buffs from 1874[2] and Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, from 1875.[3]


In 1845 he married Emily Cephalonia Napier, daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles James Napier; they had seven daughters and one son.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Cheltenham Register
  2. ^ 3rd Foot
  3. ^ Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain by Peter Beauclerk Dewar, p.1101
  4. ^ The Peerage.com

Further reading[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Duncan Cameron
Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Taylor