John Neptune Sargent

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John Sargent
Born 18 June 1826
Died 20 October 1893
Bexley, London
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 2nd Bn Buffs
1st Bn Buffs
Inns of Court Volunteers
Brigade Depot at Milford Haven
Military Depot in Oxford
Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements
Battles/wars Crimean War
Second Opium War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General John Neptune Sargent CB (18 June 1826 – 20 October 1893) was Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements.

Military career[edit]

Sargent was commissioned into the 95th Regiment of Foot in 1844.[1] In 1847 he went to Canton to protect the local factories from violence.[2] He was appointed Adjutant of his Regiment in 1851.[3] He fought in the Crimean War at the Battle of Alma and was wounded;[2] he also fought at the Battle of Inkerman[2] and the Siege of Sevastopol of 1855 where he was again wounded.[4] He also took part in the Second Opium War in 1860, leading a detachment during the storming of the north Taku Forts.[2]

He was made Commanding Officer of the 2nd battalion of the Buffs at Malta in 1861 and then of the 1st battalion in England in 1862.[2] In 1864 he took command of the Inns of Court Volunteers, in 1873 he became Commander of a Brigade Depot at Milford Haven and in 1874 he became Commander of a Military Depot in Oxford.[2]

He was appointed Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements in 1882[5] and retired in 1890.[6]

He was also Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from 1891 to his death in 1893.[7]

He lived at Mount Mascal near Bexley in London.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1852 he married Miss R S Champion[2] and in 1863 he married Alice Mary Tredwell, daughter of the late Thomas Tredwell.[2][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 20306". The London Gazette. 19 January 1844. p. 182. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i John Neptune Sargent at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ "No. 21268". The London Gazette. 28 November 1851. p. 3299. 
  4. ^ "No. 21790". The London Gazette. 26 September 1855. p. 3590. 
  5. ^ "No. 25068". The London Gazette. 3 February 1882. p. 425. 
  6. ^ "No. 26040". The London Gazette. 8 April 1890. p. 2100. 
  7. ^ "No. 26141". The London Gazette. 6 March 1891. p. 1266. 
  8. ^ Marriage certificate 225 for 28 July 1863 at St Lukes Norwood Parish Lambeth
Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Donovan
Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong
and the Straits Settlements

1882–1885
Succeeded by
Sir William Cameron
Preceded by
Randal Rumley
colonel of the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
1891–1893
Succeeded by
William Roberts