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General Sir John Bell KCB
Born 15 August 1782. Ensign in 52nd Foot, 1805. Served in Sicily 1806-7. At the Battles of Vimiere, Almeida, Busaco, and Storming of Cuidadrodrigo, with 52nd Foot. Captain in King’s Own 12 March 1812. Present at Badajoz and Salamanca. Brevet Major 1812. Major 21 June 1813 to another regiment (unknown) with whom he served the remainder of the campaign. Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Quarter Master General on Expedition to Louisiana, 1814. Deputy Quarter Master General Cape of Good Hope, 1821. Colonial Secretary to Cape Government 1828-41. Colonel 1831. Major General 1841. Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey 1848. Colonel of 95th Regiment, 1850. Lieutenant General 1851. Colonel of the King’s own 26 Dec 1853. General 1860. CB 1815. KCB 1852 and ADC to the Queen 1860. Senior General in the Army at the time of his death, 20 November 1876. Wounded at Vimiera. Received Gold Cross for the Peninsular, also Silver War Medal with 6 clasps.
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