George Berkeley (British Army officer)

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Sir George Berkeley
Born 9 July 1785
Died 25 September 1857
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Madras Army
Battles/wars Waterloo Campaign
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir George Henry Frederick Berkeley KCB (9 July 1785 – 25 September 1857) was a British soldier and Conservative politician.

Military career[edit]

Berkeley was the eldest son of Admiral the Hon. Sir George Cranfield-Berkeley, third son of Augustus Berkeley, 4th Earl of Berkeley. His mother was Lady Emilia Charlotte, daughter of Lord George Lennox. At the start of the Waterloo Campaign of 1815, he was the Duke of Wellington's liaison officer at the Prince of Orange's headquarters.[1] He became Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army in 1848[2] and Surveyor-General of the Ordnance in 1852.[3] He was also colonel of the 35th Regiment of Foot.[4]

Political career[edit]

Berkeley was returned to Parliament for Devonport in 1852, a seat he held until 1857.

Family[edit]

Berkeley married Lucy, daughter of Sir Thomas Sutton, 1st Baronet, in 1815. They had three sons and one daughter. His third son, George, succeeded as seventh Earl of Berkeley in 1882. Berkeley died in September 1857, aged 72. Lady Berkeley died in February 1870.

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Military offices
Preceded by
The Marquess of Tweeddale
C-in-C, Madras Army
1848–1851
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Armstrong
Preceded by
Charles Richard Fox
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
1852–1853
Succeeded by
Hon. Lauderdale Maule
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Tufnell
Sir John Romilly
Member of Parliament for Devonport
1852–1857
With: Henry Tufnell 1852–1854
Sir Thomas Erskine Perry 1854–1857
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Erskine Perry
James Wilson