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About Lt. Gen. Alexander George Fraser, 17th Lord Saltoun, KT, GCH, KCB
"He served with the grenadiers in Sicily (1806), at Coruna (1808), on Walcheren (1809), and in Spain and France from 1812 to 1814. In 1815, Lord Saltoun fought as a captain in the First Regiment of Guards (later the Grenadier Guards) in the Orchard at Hougomont on the morning of the Battle of Waterloo. During the battle he had four horses shot from underneath him.
After Waterloo he became a Knight of St. George of Russia (KStG) and a knight of the Austrian Military Order of Maria Theresa (KMT).
Fraser was described by Wellington as a "pattern to the army both as man and soldier."
He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order (GCH) in 1821 and a Knight of the Thistle in 1852. He was a Scottish representative peer from 1807 until his death and a Lord of the Bedchamber from 1821.
He was appointed a major-general in 1837 and commanded the first brigade in the Battle of Chinkiang (1842) during the First Opium War and afterwards the whole force until 1843. He was further promoted to lieutenant-general in 1849."
Ensign, 35th Foot 1802 ; Lieut, 35th Foot 1802; Lieut, 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot 1803; Lieut and Capt, 1st Foot (Grenadier) Guards 1804; served in Sicily 1806-07; a Representative Peer for Scotland (Tory) 1807-53; served in the Peninsula 1808-09 and fought at Corunna; in the Walcheran expedition 1809; at Cadiz 1811; took part in the Battles of the Nivelle, the Nive and Bayonne; Capt and Lt Col 1813; commanded the light companies of the Guards at Quatre Bras and Waterloo 1815, where he highly distinguished himself in the defence of Hougoumont; CB 1815; ADC to the King 1825-37; GCH 1837; Maj Gen 1837; commanded a brigade in the war with China 1841-44, for which he received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament; KCB 1842; Lieut Gen 1846; Col, 55th Foot 1846 and 2nd Foot, 1846-53; Knight of the Thistle 1852