William Staveley

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William Staveley
Born 29 July 1784
Died 4 April 1854 (1854-04-05) (aged 69)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Commander and Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong
Bombay Army
Madras Army
Battles/wars Peninsular War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General William Staveley CB (29 July 1784 – 4 April 1854) was a British Army officer who fought in the Peninsular War and later became Commander and Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong.

Military career[edit]

Staveley was born in York, the son of William Staveley and Henrietta Henderson. He entered the British Army in 1798 as an ensign. Staveley fought in several conflicts in the Peninsular War (Battle of Talavera, Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, Battle of Vittoria, Battle of the Pyrenees, Battle of Toulouse, Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo and Battle of Badajoz and many other minor actions).

At the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, Stavely was present as a captain in the Royal Staff Corps, afterwards receiving the Companion of the Bath (CB) and promotion to brevet Lieutenant-colonel.[1]

He went to Mauritius in 1821 and served in various roles (deputy quartermaster-general and commandant of Port Louis) before becoming Commander and Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong in 1847.

After leaving Hong Kong in 1851, he was given command of the Bombay Army. In 1853, he was made Colonel of the 24th Regiment of Foot and appointed commander-in-chief of the Madras Army (with local rank of lieutenant-general). He died in the Nilgiri Hills, and was buried at Ootacamund.

Staveley Street in Central in Hong Kong is named after him.


He married Sarah Mather in 1817. Their children included Charles William Dunbar Staveley, Harriet Frances Staveley, and Caroline Octavia Emma Staveley, who in 1847 married Talavera Vernon Anson RN.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dalton, Charles (1904). The Waterloo roll call. With biographical notes and anecdotes. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. p. 206.
  2. ^ 'General Sir George Anson, G.C.B', obituary in The Gentleman's Magazine, January 1850, pp. 87–88

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George D'Aguilar
Commander and Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
William Jervois
Government offices
Preceded by
John Francis Davis
Administrator of Hong Kong
March 1848
Succeeded by
Sir George Bonham
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Armstrong
C-in-C, Madras Army
Succeeded by
George Anson
Preceded by
Sir William Warre
Colonel of the 94th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Henry Thomas