William Fawcett (British Army officer)

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Sir William Fawcett
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General Sir William Fawcett
Born 1727
Died 1804
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Battles/wars Seven Years' War
American Revolutionary War
Awards Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath

General Sir William Fawcett KB (1727–1804) was an Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career

Educated at Bury Grammar School in Lancashire,[1] William Fawcett was commissioned into the 33rd Foot in 1748.[2]

In 1758 he was despatched to the War in Germany where he became an Aide-de-Camp to the Marquess of Granby.[2] Then in 1775 he was sent to Hannover, Hesse-Cassel, Hesse-Hanau and Brunswick to recruit troops for the War in America.[2]

He was appointed Adjutant-General to the Forces in 1781: in this role he was involved in introducing Regulations for the Heavy Infantry and then for the Cavalry.[2]

In retirement he served as Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1796[2] until 1804.[3]

He lived at 31 Great George Street in London.[4]


In 1749 he married Susannah Brook and together they had eight children. Following her death on 7 April 1783 he married Charlotte Stinton (d. 1805): they had no children.[2]


  1. Fallows, I.B. "Bury Grammar School A History c.1570 to 1976", The Estate Governors of Bury Grammar School, Bury, 2001
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sir William Fawcett at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. The Halifax lad who was Byron's hero! Halifax Courier, 25 March 2009
  4. Survey of London, Volume 10 British History on Line
Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Cadogan
Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury
Succeeded by
Thomas Musgrave
Preceded by
The Earl of Cavan
Colonel of the 15th (the Yorkshire East Riding) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
James Inglis Hamilton
Preceded by
William Amherst
Adjutant General
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Calvert
Preceded by
Richard Burton Phillipson
Colonel of the 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
Succeeded by
Richard Vyse
Preceded by
The Marquess Townshend
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Succeeded by
Sir David Dundas