Thomas Pakenham (British Army officer)

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Thomas Pakenham
Born 26 June 1826
Died 20 February 1913
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Western District
Battles/wars Crimean War
Fenian raids
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Thomas Henry Pakenham CB, DL, JP (26 June 1826 – 20 February 1913) was an Irish Conservative politician and British Army officer.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

A member of the Pakenham family headed by the Earl of Longford, he was the son of the Honourable Sir Hercules Pakenham and the Honourable Emily Stapleton, daughter of Thomas Stapleton, 16th Baron le Despencer.[3] He fought in the Crimean War in 1854 and in the Fenian raids in 1866.[3] He was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Antrim in 1854, succeeding his brother Edward Pakenham, who was killed at the Battle of Inkerman.[2] He remained MP until 1865.[1] He became Commander of 1st Infantry Brigade in February 1878 and General Officer Commanding Western District in 1880.[4]

Pakenham married Elizabeth Staples Clarke, daughter of William Clarke, of New York City, in 1862. They had two sons, Hercules Pakenham and Major Harry Francis Pakenham. Pakenham died in February 1913, aged 86. His wife died in February 1919.[3]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Pakenham
George Hume Macartney
Member of Parliament for Antrim
With: George Hume Macartney 1854–1859
George Upton 1859–1863
Edward O'Neill 1863–1865
Succeeded by
Edward O'Neill
Henry Seymour
Military offices
Preceded by
Leicester Smyth
GOC Western District
Succeeded by
James Sayer