William Henry Clinton
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About General Sir William Henry Clinton GCB
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Clinton Sir William Clinton 23 December 1769 – 15 February 1846 (aged 76) Allegiance United Kingdom Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army Rank General Battles/wars French Revolutionary Napoleonic Wars First Miguelist War Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
General Sir William Henry Clinton GCB (23 December 1769 – 15 February 1846) was a British general during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars as well as the First Miguelist War. He was also the grandson of Admiral George Clinton and elder brother of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton.  Military career
Born to General Sir Henry Clinton in 1769, Clinton entered the British Army in 1784 as a cornet in the 7th Light Dragoons. Under the Duke of York, Clinton took part in the Flanders and Low Countries campaigns as a Captain in the 1st Guards in 1793, winning promotion to Lieutenant Colonel the following year. Serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for East Retford from 1794 to 1796, he left Parliament to become aide-de-camp to the Duke of York.
In 1799, Clinton traveled to Italy on a diplomatic mission to Russian forces, before returning to take part in the Dutch expedition later that year. In 1801, he was promoted to the rank of colonel participated in the capture of Madeira, and later appointed governor of Madeira from July 1801 until March 1802, before becoming Military Secretary in 1803 and Quartermaster-General in Ireland in 1804. He returned to Parliament in 1806 as MP for Boroughbridge, a seat he held until 1818. After another diplomatic mission to Sweden in 1807, Clinton became a Major General the following year.
During 1812, Clinton served in the Mediterranean leading a division at Messina, Italy. Commanding the 1st Division during the Duke of Wellington's Spanish Campaign from 1812 to 1813, Clinton won distinction during the Battle of Castalla on 13 April 1813. In June 1813, Clinton became commander-in-chief of the British Forces in eastern Spain serving until April 1814, however he would see little action for the remainder of the war. After promotion to Lieutenant General, Clinton was knighted Order of the Bath in 1815.
Returning to his post as a member of Parliament, he would command a division consisting of around 5,000 soldiers during the First Miguelist War where he attempted to support Portuguese forces from December 1826 until April 1828. Promoted a full general, Clinton resigned from Parliament serving as governor of Chelsea Hospital from 1842 until his death on 15 February 1846 on Cockenhatch, near Royston, Herts.  References
* "Clinton, William Henry". Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900. London: Smith, Elder & Co. * Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
* Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Henry Clinton * LoveToKnow 1911 Online Encyclopedia - Sir Henry Clinton
Parliament of Great Britain Preceded by Sir John Ingilby The Earl of Lincoln Member of Parliament for East Retford 1794–1796 With: Sir John Ingilby Succeeded by William Petrie Sir Wharton Amcotts Military offices Preceded by Robert Brownrigg Military Secretary 1803–1804 Succeeded by James Gordon Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by Edward Berkeley Portman Viscount Castlereagh Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge 1806 – 1818 With: Henry Dawkins to 1808 Henry Clinton from 1808 Succeeded by Marmaduke Lawson George Mundy Preceded by Henry Willoughby George Dawkins-Pennant Member of Parliament for Newark 1818–1829 With: Henry Willoughby Succeeded by Henry Willoughby Michael Thomas Sadler Military offices Preceded by Sir George Murray Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance 1825–1829 Succeeded by Lord Edward Somerset