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De Lacy Evans
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Sir De Lacy Evans in 1855
Place of birth Moig, County Limerick Ireland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank general
Commands held British Legion (First Carlist War)
British 2nd Division (Crimean War)
Battles/wars War of 1812
Battle of Bladensburg
Battle of North Point
Napoleonic Wars
Battle of Quatre Bras
Battle of Waterloo
First Carlist War
Crimean War
Other work Member of Parliament

Sir (George) De Lacy Evans GCB (1787 – 9 January 1870) was a British Army general who served in four wars in which the United Kingdom's's troops took part in the 19th century. He was later a long-serving Member of Parliament.

Evans was born in 1787, in Moig, County Limerick, Ireland. Educated at Woolwich Academy he entered the British Army in 1806 as a volunteer, obtaining an ensigncy in the 22nd Regiment of Foot in 1807. His early service was in India, but he exchanged into the 3rd Light Dragoons in order to take part in the Peninsular war. He was sent on the expedition to the United States of 1814 during the War of 1812 under Major General Robert Ross. Evans was quartermaster general to Ross at the Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814, and during the Burning of Washington, as well as at the Battle of North Point on September 12, 1814, where Ross was killed.

Returning to the European war with the restoration of Emperor Napoleon I, Evans was present at the battle of Quatre Bras on June 16, 1815 and the battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

Evans commanded the British Legion which volunteered to assist Isabella II of Spain in the First Carlist War. During the Crimean War he commanded the 2nd Division of the British Army.

He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rye in 1830, and from 1831 to 1832, and for Westminster from 1833 to 1841 and from 1846 to 1865. Evans died on January 9, 1870, and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

Funerary monument, Kensal Green Cemetery, London

References

  • Adkin, Mark (2001). The Waterloo Companion. Aurum. ISBN 1-85410-764-X
  • Barbero, Alessandro (2005). The Battle: A New History of Waterloo. Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-310-9
  • George, Christopher T., Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, Shippensburg, Pa., White Mane, 2001, ISBN 1-57249-276-7
  • Spiers, Edward M (1983). Radical General : Sir George de Lacy Evans, 1787-1870, Manchester, U.K., Manchester University Press, ISBN 0-7190-0929-4
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  • This article incorporates text from the public domain 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclopædia.
  • de Lacy Evans' grave at historyhome.co.uk
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Francis Burdett and
Sir John Hobhouse
Member of Parliament for Westminster
2-seat constituency
(with Francis Burdett, to 1837;
John Temple Leader, from 1837)

18331841
Succeeded by
John Temple Leader and
Henry John Rous
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