George Cathcart (1794 - 1854)

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Birthplace: Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Inkerman, Sevastopol' city, Crimea, Ukraine
Cause of death: Died in battle (Battle of Inkerman, Crimean War)
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About George Cathcart

General The Honourable Sir George Cathcart GCB (12 May 1794 – 5 November 1854) was a British general and diplomat.

Military career

He was born in Renfrewshire, son of William Cathcart, 1st Earl Cathcart. After receiving his education at Eton and in Edinburgh, he was commissioned into the Life Guards in 1810. He saw service in the United States and Flanders, distinguished himself at the bombardment of Copenhagen and represented England at the court of Russia and during the Congress of Vienna.

He was aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington in 1815 at the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

In 1852 to 1853, as Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, he granted the first constitution to the colony, ended the 8th Cape Frontier War and crushed the Basutos.

In 1853 he was appointed Adjutant-General to the Forces.

He was killed during the Battle of Inkerman in the Crimean War, on 5 November 1854.

The town of Cathcart, Eastern Cape, South Africa is named for him.

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Lt-Gen Hon Sir George Cathcart, GCB's Timeline

May 12, 1794
Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 12, 1824
Age 30
November 5, 1854
Age 60
Inkerman, Sevastopol' city, Crimea, Ukraine