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


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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.
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
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
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
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.
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