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 Thomas Picton

Thomas Picton

Birth
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death 18 Jun 1815 (aged 56)
Waterloo, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Burial Plancenoit, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Memorial ID 21674 · View Source
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Soldier. Born in Poyston, Wales, the son of Thomas Picton. In 1771 he purchased an ensign's commission in the 12th Regiment of Foot. In 1794 Sir John Vaughan, made him his aide-de-camp and gave him a captaincy in the 17th Foot, then he was promoted to a majority in the 58th Foot. He served in the West Indies, including five years as the governor of Trinidad, during which he acquired a reputation for brutality. He resigned in 1803 only to be arrested on charges of excessive cruelty and of executions without due process. Eventually tried on a single charge, he was found guilty, but the decision was reversed upon appeal in 1808. In 1810, at Wellington's request, he was called to the the Peninsula where he took command of the 3rd Division. His division acquitted itself heroically at Onoro, Badajoz, and Vitoria and Wellington came to depend on him, referring to him as his "rough-mouthed devil" due to his tendency to rally his men with excessive profanity. In 1813 he was knighted and promoted to lieutenant-general. In 1815, during The Hundred Days, he requested to be excused from service, but Wellington gave him command of the 5th Infantry Division. He led his division at Quatre Bras where was wounded. Unwilling to retire from the field and be replaced, he concealed his injury and lined up at Waterloo two days later. He led his division in a repulse of D'Erlon's attack on the Allied center when he was shot through the head. His last words were said to have been, "Come on you rogues, you rascals!" He was the highest ranking fatality of the battle on the Allied side. His body was returned to London and interred in the family vault at St George's.

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  • Added: 18 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21674
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Picton (24 Aug 1758–18 Jun 1815), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21674, citing Along Rue de la Croix, Plancenoit, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .