James Freeth

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Sir James Freeth
Born 1786
Died 19 January 1867
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Royal Guelphic Order

General Sir James Freeth KCB KH (1786 – 19 January 1867) was Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Freeth was commissioned into the 98th Regiment of Foot in 1806.[1] He served in the Peninsular War and in France from 1809 to 1814[1] and, in 1851, was appointed Quartermaster-General to the Forces.[2] He went on to be Colonel of the 64th Regiment of Foot in 1855.[3]

He was promoted Lieutenant-General in 1858[4] and full General in 1865.[5]


He married Harriett Holt and together they went on to have six sons and two daughters.[6] Three of his sons became major-generals; his great-grandchild, Francis Arthur Freeth, was a chemist who developed a number of processes in explosives manufacture and a major in the Territorial Army.[7]


  1. ^ a b Gentleman's Magazine Volume III, January to June 1867
  2. ^ "No. 21179". The London Gazette. 7 February 1851. p. 299. 
  3. ^ "No. 21789". The London Gazette. 25 September 1855. p. 3555. 
  4. ^ "No. 22194". The London Gazette. 26 October 1858. p. 4578. 
  5. ^ "No. 22955". The London Gazette. 7 April 1865. p. 1931. 
  6. ^ Ancestry.com
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (1 November 1976). "Francis Arthur Freeth. 2 January 1884 – 15 July 1970". Biogr. Mem. Fellows R. Soc. (22): 104–118. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1976.0004. ISSN 1748-8494. 

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Gordon
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Airey
Preceded by
Sir Richard Bourke
Colonel of the 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Keane Bloomfield