Thomas Saumarez

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Thomas Saumarez
Born(1760-06-01)1 June 1760
Died 4 March 1845(1845-03-04) (aged 84)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1776–1845
Rank General
Relations Harriet Brock (m. 1787–1845)

General Sir Thomas Saumarez (1 July 1760 – 4 March 1845) was a British General who served in the American Revolutionary War.

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American Revolutionary War 1775–1783 war between Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies, which won independence as the United States of America

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Early life: 1760–1776

Thomas Saumarez was born in Guernsey on 1 July 1760 to Matthew Saumarez (1718–1778) and Cartaret Le Marchant. He was the youngest of four. His brothers were Admiral James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez (1757–1836) and Richard Saumarez (1764–1835), a surgeon and medical author. [1]

Guernsey island in the bailiwick of Guernsey

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Remainder: 1776–1845

Saumarez entered the British Army in 1776 where he fought in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). He fought in the Siege of Charleston (1780). [2] On March 15, 1781, Saumarez commanded one wing of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the Battle of Guilford Court House. [3] In October later that year, he was captured at the Siege of Yorktown. [1]

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Siege of Charleston major engagement fought between March 29 to May 12, 1780 during the American Revolutionary War

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Royal Welch Fusiliers former military unit of the British Army

The Royal Welch Fusiliers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales' Division. It was founded in 1689 to oppose James II and to take part in the imminent war with France. The regiment was numbered as the 23rd Regiment of Foot, though it was one of the first regiments to be granted the honour of a fusilier title and so was known as The Welch Regiment of Fusiliers from 1702. The "Royal" accolade was earned fighting in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713.

In 1787, he married Harriet Brock. In 1793, he was made Brigade major of the Guernsey military. In 1795, he was knighted by the Price of Wales and promoted to Quartermaster-General to the Forces. In 1799, he was the main inspector of the Guernsey military. In 1811, he was promoted to Major General. From 1812–1814, he was the commander of the garrison in Halifax. In 1813, he was the president and commander in chief of New Brunswick. He was promoted to General in 1838. Saumarez died in 1845. [1]

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