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Lieut. General Sir William Russell

Lieut. General Sir William Russell

A carte-de-visite portrait of Lieutenant-General Sir William Russell (1822-1892).

According to his obituary in The Times (22 March 1892): ‘We have to record the death of Lieutenant-General William Russell, Baronet, C.B., of Charlton Park, Gloucestershire, which occurred on Saturday last at 66, Gloucester Street, Warwick Square. The late baronet was born in Calcutta in 1822. He succeeded his father, the first baronet, in 1839, and entered the Army as cornet, 7th Hussars, in 1841. He served in the Crimea and in the Indian Mutiny and was honourably mentioned in despatches. For his distinguished courage at the Raptee river charge of the 7th Hussars he received the decoration of C.B. and the rank of brevet lieutenant-colonel. During his career through the Mutiny he tok part in the siege of Lucknow and attack on the Alumbagh, and subsequently commanded the cavalry brigade under Lord Strathnairn in the campaign that succeeded the fall of Delhi. He was Master of the Horse to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1849-59, and Aide-de-Camp, 1850-1852. He sat for Dover in Parliament in the Liberal interest from 1857 to 1859 and for Norwich 1860 to 1874. In 1863 he married the only child of the late Mr. R. Wilson. He is succeeded by his son, William, who was born in 1865, and was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh.’

Photographed by Camille Silvy on 4 May 1861.


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