Thomas William Taylor (British Army officer)

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Thomas William Taylor
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Thomas William Taylor by William Salter
Born13 July 1782
Died8 January 1854
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg  British Army
Rank Major-General
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major-General Thomas William Taylor CB (13 July 1782 – 8 January 1854) of Ogwell House, West Ogwell, [1] in Devon, was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant-Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.


Military career

He was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge and in 1804 was commissioned as a cornet in the 6th Dragoon Guards. [2] He was promoted to captain in 1807 and transferred to the 24th Light Dragoons and then became military secretary to Lord Minto, Governor-General of India. [2] He fought with the 10th Hussars at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. [2] After the defeat of Napoleon he served at the Headquarters of the Allied Army of Occupation in Paris. [2] In 1826 he became Superintendent of the Cavalry Riding Establishment at St John's Wood Barracks, London, and in 1828 was appointed Inspector of Yeomanry. In 1837 he became Lieutenant-Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. [3]

He served as a Groom of the Bedchamber to King William IV from 1832 to the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 [4] and as Colonel of the 17th Lancers from 1852 to his death. [5]

Marriage and progeny

On 14 January 1810 at St. George's Church in Madras, India, he married Anne Harvey Petrie, a daughter of John Petrie, by whom he had progeny including: [6]


He died on 8 January 1854 and was buried at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard in Denbury in Devon. [2]

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