George Augustus Wetherall

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Sir George Wetherall
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General Sir George Wetherall
Born 1788
Penton, Hampshire
Died 8 April 1868
Sandhurst, Berkshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank General
Commands held Northern District
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight of the Royal Guelphic Order

General Sir George Augustus Wetherall GCB, KH (1788 – 8 April 1868) was a senior British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

As the son of General Sir Frederick Wetherall, George Augustus Wetherall was educated in the senior department of the Royal Military College, and entered the army in 1803.[1] He served as brigade-major at the Cape of Good Hope in 1807, took part in the conquest of Java as aide-de-camp to his father, from 1822 till 1825 was military secretary to the commander-in-chief of Madras, and in 1826 was appointed deputy judge-advocate-general in India.[1]

General Wetherall is most famous for his services during the rebellion in Canada of 1837/38 during which he was the Commander of the Royals' 2nd battalion in the Battle of Saint-Charles, a battle part of the Lower Canada Rebellion fought on 25 November 1837 between Great Britain and Lower Canada Patriote rebels.[1] After the victory, he and his troops unearthed the Colonne de la liberté, a column erected in Saint-Charles by the Patriotes for the Assembly of the Six Counties, and brought it back as a war trophy to Montreal, along with a number of prisoners.

For his services, Wetherall was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.[1] He was deputy adjutant-general in Canada from 1843 to 1850.[1] In 1854 he was made Adjutant-General to the Forces, which post he held until 1860 when he took command of the Northern District of England.[1] At the expiration of his services in 1865 he was appointed Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[1] He became colonel of the 84th regiment in 1854, was knighted in 1856, made a lieutenant general in 1857, and appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1865.

Legacy[edit]

The Memorials to Governors in the Chapel of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst includes: In Memory of General Sir George Augustus Wetherall, G.C.B., K.H., Colonel of the 84th Foot. Died 8th April, 1868, aged 80 years. He was Governor of this College from 1866 to 1868. [2]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Cathcart
Adjutant General
1854–1860
Succeeded by
Sir James Yorke Scarlett
Preceded by
Sir John Pennefather
GOC Northern District
1860–1865
Succeeded by
Sir Sydney Cotton
Preceded by
Sir Harry Jones
Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst
1866–1868
Succeeded by
Sir Duncan Cameron
Preceded by
Sir Loftus William Otway
84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot
1854–1868
Succeeded by
Thomas Wood