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]

Family[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gentleman's Magazine Volume III, January to June 1867
  2. ^ "no. 21179". The London Gazette. 7 February 1851. p. 299. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "no. 21789". The London Gazette. 25 September 1855. p. 3555. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  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. Mems Fell. 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
1851–1855
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Airey
Preceded by
Sir Richard Bourke
Colonel of the 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
1855–1867
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Keane Bloomfield