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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

General Thackwell, C.B

General Thackwell, C.B.

Joseph Edwin Thackwell, Hon, Colonel Connaught Rangers, was born Sep. 7th, 1813, and is the youngest son of the late John Thackwell, J.P, and DX., of Wilton Place, Dymock, Gloucestershire; and Rye Court, Worcestershire, and nephew of the late General Sir Joseph Thackwell, G.C.B., K.H., Colonel 16th Lancers.

The subject of our notice entered the army on the 6th June, 1834, by purchase of an Ensigncy in the 90th Light Infantry. He embarked with the Regiment for Ceylon on Jan. 8th, 1836, and was appointed Acting Adjutant in December, 1838, being promoted Lieutenant in the 94th Regiment on the 23rd of the following October, He joined at Cananove in March, 1840. In January 1841 he was removed to the 22nd Regiment, and joined at Poonah, accompanying the Regiment to Scinde. He was appoints Adjutant in 1843, after the return from Scinde to Bombay. He became Captain, May 26, 1848, Brevet Major, Dec. 12, 1854, Lieut-Colonel, Nov, 2nd, 1855, page 67 Brevet Colonel June 35, 1861, Major-General, July 8, 1874 (ante-dated to March 1868), Lieut.-General, Dec, 22. 1878, and Hon. General retired in 1881. He was appointed Hon, Colonel Connaught Rangers, Dec. 23, 1889.

General Thackwell served in the 22nd Regiment in Scinde during 1842-3 under Sir Charles Napier, and was present at the Battle of Hyderabad, also in the Southern Mahratta country in 1844-5, including the investment and capture of Forts Punallar and Powreghur. He was aide-de-camp to General Sir Joseph Thackwell commanding the Meerut Division, from February, 1852, to May, 1853, when he returned to England and joined the Depot of the 22nd Regiment at Chatham.

On the breaking out of the Russian War he embarked for the East in April, 1854, as Brigadier Major to the 1st Brigade (Pennefather's) 2nd Division, commanded by General Sir De Lacy Evans. He landed at Scutari, and, when the troops arrived, proceeded to Bulgaria and thence to the Crimea, He was present at the affair on the Bulganack, Sep. 19, 1854, the Battle of the Alma, the Sortie of the 26th October, the Battle of Inkerman (where his horse was shot under him), and at the seige and capture of Sebastopol.

On the 4th August, 1855, he was appointed assistant Adjutant General, 3rd Division, under the late Sir William Eyre, K.C.B., and was employed as such until the army was broken up in 1856. In July of page 68 that year he accompanied General Sir William Eyre to Canada as Military Secretary. He returned to England in July, 1859, and on the 20th of the following March he was appointed assistant Adjutant General at Portsmouth for five years. In May, 1865, he became Deputy Adjutant General in Canada, and held the appointment till the 30th September, 1870, On the 1st April, 1873, he was appointed to the command of the 35 Brigade Depots at Bodmin, which he held until promoted Major General in July 1874.

General Thackwell has the medal for Hyderabad (1843), the Crimean medal with three clasps, and the Sardinian and Turkish medals. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour, holds the 5th class Mejidie, and in June, 1869, was created a Companion of the Bath. He had the distinguished service pension of £100 until he retired on a fixed pension in 1881.