James Watson (British Army Officer)
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James Watson British Army Officer

Sir James Watson
Born1772
Chilton, Buckinghamshire
Died14 August 1862 (aged 90)
Wendover, Buckinghamshire, UK
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldIndian Army
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir James Watson KCB (1772 - 14 August 1862) was a British Army officer and Commander-in-Chief, India.

Military career

Watson was commissioned into the 14th Regiment of Foot reaching the rank of Major in 1802.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of his Regiment in 1807 and served in India and Batavia.[1]

In March 1835 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, India and continued in that role until September; two years later he was promoted to Lieutenant General[2] and made Colonel of the 14th Foot, a position he held until his death.[1]

He was also an active member of the Army and Navy Club.[3] He lived in Wendover in Buckinghamshire.[4]

He died in 1862. He had married Sarah, with whom he had at least a son and a daughter.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c 14th Regiment of Foot
  2. ^ "No. 19456". The London Gazette. 10 January 1837. p. 64.
  3. ^ Rules & Regulations and List of Members of the Army & Navy Club H. M. Pollett, 1861
  4. ^ Wills & Bequests Illustrated London News, 1863
  5. ^ "Major General Sir James Watson". Retrieved 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord William Bentinck
Commander-in-Chief, India
1835
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Fane
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby
Colonel of the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot
1836-1837
Succeeded by
Arthur Brooke



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