William Howe

William Howe

Birth
Death 12 Jul 1814 (aged 84)
Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Burial Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 10916542 · View Source
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Revolutionary War British Army General. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in the American Colonies during American Revolution from 1775 to 1778. The illegitimate grandson of King George I, he served with General James Wolfe at the taking of Quebec and led the first assault up the cliffs to the Plains of Abraham. Sympathetic to the American colonists, he nonetheless took command of British forces to suppress the rebellion in 1775. He directed the attacks at the Battle of Bunker Hill and finished the battle drenched in the blood of his officers, though he escaped injury. He scored a series of brilliant victories against General George Washington's Continental Army, but failed to follow-up and destroy him. He was relieved of his command in 1778 and replaced by General Henry Clinton. On his return to England his fellow officer General John Burgoyne publicly blamed him for his defeat at the Battle of Saratoga by failing to link up with his army, but there is evidence Howe never received orders to join Burgoyne. In 1799, he became 5th Viscount after the death of his brother, Richard. He died in Plymouth.

Bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill



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  • Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
  • Added: 5 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10916542
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Howe (10 Aug 1729–12 Jul 1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10916542, citing Holly Road Garden of Rest, Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .