Charles Broke Vere

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Major-General Sir Charles Broke Vere KCB KCH (21 February 1779 – 1 April 1843),[1] Broke, was a British soldier[2] and Conservative Member of Parliament.[3]


He was the son of Philip Bowes Broke and the younger brother of Rear-Admiral Sir Philip Broke, 1st Baronet.[1] After service during the Battle of Castricum, Broke fought under the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars and later rose to the rank of Major-General. For his gallantry at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 he was awarded the Russian Order of St. Vladimir and the Dutch Order of Wilhelm.[4] In 1822 he took the surname of Vere in addition to Broke.[4] In 1825, upon Wellington's recommendation, he was appointed aide-de-camp to King William IV, a post he held for twelve years.[1] He also represented East Suffolk in the House of Commons between 1835 and 1843.[5] Broke Vere died in April 1843, at the age of 64.


  1. ^ a b c "Vere, Charles Broke" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ The sale of his medals Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, accessed August 2009
  3. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Charles Broke Vere
  4. ^ a b Dalton, Charles (1904). The Waterloo roll call. With biographical notes and anecdotes. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. p. 34.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for East Suffolk
With: The Lord Henniker
Succeeded by