|Born in Woolwich, South East London
|Entered the Royal military academy as a gentleman cadet
|Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, posted to depot in Chatham, Kent.
|Posted to Pembroke Dock in South Wales
|Posted to the Crimea, decorated by French for bravery under fire.
|Appointed to the Boundary Commission to settle the border between Russia and Turkey.
|Posted to China, eventually promoted to Major, and went on to command the "Ever victorious Army," helped to suppress the Taiping rebellion.
|Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and posted to Gravesend as commandant of Royal Engineers remodelling the Lower Thames Forts. Very active in charitable work amongst local people.
|Promoted to full colonel and appointed as British Commissioner on the Danube Commission.
|Commands troops in the Sudan
|Appointed Private Secretary to Viceroy of India.
|Commandant of forces in the Mauritius islands
|Appointed Governor General of the Sudan for the second time. Told to evacuate troops.
|Besieged in Khartoum by the Mahdi. Killed on 26th January.
Last modified August 2000