William Craig Emilius Napier

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William Napier
Born 18 March 1818
Died 23 September 1903(1903-09-23) (aged 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Battles/wars Recapture of Port Natal
Scinde Campaign
Crimean War

Major-General William Craig Emilius Napier (18 March 1818 – 23 September 1903) was a British Army officer who became Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Military career

Born the son of Lieutenant-General Sir George Thomas Napier and educated at Cheltenham College,[1] William Napier served with the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), and subsequently with the King's Own Scottish Borderers.[1] He was Director-General of Military Education and fought at the recapture of Port Natal in 1842, in the Scinde Campaign in 1845 and in the Crimean War in 1855.[1] He went on to be Commandant of the Staff College, Sandhurst in 1861,[2] Colonel of the Buffs from 1874[3] and Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, from 1875.[4]


In 1845 he married his cousin, Emily Cephalonia Napier, daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles James Napier; they had seven daughters and one son.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cheltenham Register
  2. The London Gazette: no. 22551. p. 3861. 27 September 1861.
  3. 3rd Foot
  4. Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain by Peter Beauclerk Dewar, p.1101
  5. The Peerage.com

Further reading

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Duncan Cameron
Governor of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Taylor