Field Marshal Sir Edward Blakeney GCB GCH

Col E Blakeney

Field Marshal Sir Edward Blakeney GCB GCH, Colonel from 1832-1854

Artist: Catterson Smith

oil on canvas

Sir Edward Blakeney first served with the expedition to Dutch Guiana, where he was taken prisoner by privateers three times! He went on to command the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in the Battle of Albuera in 1811, and was severely wounded in the thigh, and the Siege of Badajoz where he was wounded again, this time through his arm.

Blakeney received many promotions during his career. He was appointed Colonel of the Regiment in 1832 after the death of the previous Colonel, Sir Alured Clarke, appointed Commander-in-Chief of Ireland in 1836, and Field Marshal in 1862.