List of Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery from the Year 1716 to 1899


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[241] 1019 major WILLIAM NORMAN RAMSAY served with great credit in Major Bull's Troop of Royal Horse Artillery in the cam- paigns of 1811-12-13. It was in the first of these that he performed an action whose daring and brilliancy has ever given peculiar distinction to his name. On the 5th May, 1811, the British cavalry out-guards being far outnumbered near Fuentes d’Onor, were driven in upon their supports, and Captain Ramsay • found himself cut off. Then commenced a scene which can be best described in the words of the historian of the Peninsula War:— M Gw» thus dealt with an almost always lost, and consequently (be arm 7 ceased to think of Ramsay and his men« except as prisoners. Presently, however, a great commotion was observed amonf the French squadrons; men and officers closed in confu* sfoo towards one point, where a thick dost was rising, and where lood cries and toe sparkling of blades and flashing of pistols indicated some extraordinary occurrence. The spectators gaxed with intfOM interest. "Suddenly the moldtnde was violently agitated, an English shout arose, the mass was rent asunder, and Norman Ramsay burst forth at the head of his battery, bis horses breathing fire and stretching Uke greyhounds scrota the plain, his guns bound- ing like things of no weight, and the mounted gunners, in close and compact order, covering the rear." This brilliant action did not avail Captain Ramsay when after the battle of Vittoria, where Bull's Troop under his orders had been of unusual service, he incurred the displeasure of Lord Wellington for an in- voluntary disobedience of his supreme orders in obeying an order of the Quarter-Master General of the Army, and he was pointedly omitted from notice on that occasion. This incident did not prevent his receiving a brevet majority, after the battle of Bidassoa in the November following; but it left a wound which was never healed on that proud and gallant spirit. Was engaged with his troop in the action at Pampeluna and passage of the Nive, and also hotly before St. Jean de Luz in December. Major Ramsay fell at Waterloo, killed by a shot at the close of the battle, when in com- mand of 44 H ” Troop, R.H.A. 1074| General SIR W. G. POWER, k.c.b., k.h., served in Spain, Portugal, and France, from 14th October,1808, to 4th J une, 1814, including battle of Talavera, sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo (wounded\ and Badajoz, capture of French works at Almaraz, reduction of forts at, and battleof Salamanca; siege of Burgos(wounded), siege of San Sebastian ; passage of the Bidaa- soa, Nive, and Adour. Sir W. Power led the reserve to the assaulting party of Fort La Picu- rina during the last siege of Badajoz, and the Commandant surrendered to him personally. 1114 Lt.-Gbitbral THOMAS DYNELEY, C.B., served in the campaign of 1805, in Italy; was present at the battle of Maida, and siege of Scylla, in 1806. Served in the Peninsula, t from July, 1811, to November, 1813, includ- ing the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo (wounded in the head'); siege of forts at Salamanca; heights of St. Christovel, battles of Salamanca, Vittoria, and the Pyrenees, besides numerous * On picket with two guns. t In E troop R.H.A. affairs of outposts; during one of the latter, at Majalahonda (11th August, 1812) he was taken prisoner, but escaped from the enemy, and rejoined the army the 23rd of the same month. Engaged at Waterloo. Major-Gbn. JOHN BOTELER PARKER, 1117 c.B., served at Walcheren, and was present at the siege of Flushing. Served in the Peninsula and South of France from February, 1812, to April, 1814, including the battle of Vittoria, both sieges of San Sebastian, battle of Orthes, affair at Tarbes, and battle of Toulouse. Lost left leg at Waterloo. Held the appointment of Second Captain to the Company of Gentlemen Cadets from 28th December, 1821, to 18th January, 1837, and Lieut.-Governor of the Royal Military Academy from 1st April, 1846, up to the time of his death, which took place on the 25th March, 1851. Gbnbral SIR WILLIAM CATOR, K.C.B., 1134 served in the campaign of Walcheren, includ- ing the capture of Middleburg and siege of Flushing. In the Peninsula and South of France, from 1809 to 1814, including the siege of Cadiz; lines at Torres Vedras and at Santarem; battle of Barrosa (wounded), affair at Osma in 1813, battle of Vittoria ; affair at Tolosa, passage of the Bidassoa, Nivelle, and Nive; also in the four dayB* fighting in front of Bayonne. At the commencement of the Russian War in 1854, he was appointed to command the Royal Artillery, and the rank of Brigadier- General was conferred on him. During the summer passed by the Allied armies at Varna, General Cator's experience proved of great service to Lord Raglan in organising transport for the ammunition of the army, and also in arrangingall the details connected with the artillery for the great siege of Sebastopol. His health, however, gave way, and to his great mortification he was obliged to relinquish the command of the artil- lery just as the expedition was starting for the Crimea. On returning home he resumed the duties of Director-General of Artillery, which appointment he held from August, 1852, till the office was abolished in 1859. Colonel On ARLES C. DANSEY, O.B., was 1188 at the sieges of Ischia and Santa Maura. His servioes in the Peninsula, Franoe, and Flanders, include the following battles and sieges, viz.: Badajoz, 8alamanca, Burgos (severely wounded), Vittoria, San Sebastian, Nivelle, Nive, besides various actions and skirmishes. Engaged 17th and 18th June, 1815, at Waterloo, severely wounded on the 18th.# Served as Chief Firemaster, Royal Laboratory, Woolwich, from 27th August, 1839, till 31st December, 1846. With snd Rocket Troop. Digitized bv (_ og

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