Richard Armstrong (British Army officer)

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Sir Richard Armstrong
Born c. 1782
Died 3 March 1854
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Madras Army
Battles/wars Peninsular War
First Anglo-Burmese War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Armstrong, KCB (c. 1782 – 3 March 1854) was an officer in the British army.

Military career[edit]

Armstrong was commissioned as an ensign in 1796. He served in the Peninsular War and in the First Anglo-Burmese War.[1] He became commander of the British forces in Canada West in 1842 and, after serving in that post until 1848, went on to be Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army in 1851.[1] He resigned due to poor health in early 1854 and died shortly afterwards.[1] He was also colonel of the 95th Regiment of Foot and then colonel of the 32nd Regiment of Foot.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Berkeley
C-in-C, Madras Army
Succeeded by
William Staveley
Preceded by
Sir John Buchan
Colonel of the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Willoughby Cotton
Preceded by
George L'Estrange
Colonel of the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Bell