Saturday, February 19, 2011
Lieutenant General Sir George De Lacy Evans
Lieutenant General Sir George De Lacy Evans (1787– 1870) during the Crimean War (photo: Roger Fenton, 1855). He was a British Army general who served in four wars in which the United Kingdom's troops took part in the 19th century.
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 during the War of 1812 where he was quartermaster general at the Battle of Bladensburg and during the Burning of Washington.
Returning to the European war 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) from 1830 to 1841, and from 1846 to 1865.