Robert Garrett (British Army officer)

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Sir Robert Garrett
Born 1794
Died 13 June 1869
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 46th Regiment of Foot
Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong
South East District
Battles/wars Peninsular War
Crimean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order

Lieutenant General Sir Robert Garrett KCB KH (1794 – 13 June 1869) was Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Harrow School, Garrett was commissioned into the 2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot in 1811.[1] He served in the Peninsular War and was present at the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro in 1811.[1]

In 1846 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 46th Regiment of Foot[2] and in 1854 was despatched to the Crimean War where he commanded a Brigade of the 4th Division at the Siege of Sevastopol.[1]

In 1858 he was appointed Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong before going on to India where he was General Officer Commanding a Division in Bengal and then in Madras.[1] He returned to England in July 1865 to take command of South-Eastern District.[3]

In retirement he lived in Pall Mall in London.[1]

He was also Colonel of the 43rd Regiment of Foot.[4]


In 1814 he married Charlotte Georgina Sophia Cavendish-Bentinck[5] and in 1821 he married Louisa Davaynes with whom he had a son and a daughter.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
William Jervois
Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Thomas Ashburnham
Preceded by
Arthur Dalzell
GOC South-Eastern District
Succeeded by
William McCleverty
Preceded by
James Fergusson
Colonel of the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Hon. Sir Augustus Spencer