Alexander Champion (East India Company officer)

Brigadier-General Alexander Champion (died 15 March 1793) was Commander-in-Chief, India.

Alexander Champion
Died15 March 1793
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branchBritish Army
RankBrigadier General
Commands heldIndian Army
Battles/warsRohilla War

Military career

Champion was commissioned into service for the British East India Company in 1768.[1] He rose through the ranks and was appointed Commander-in-Chief, India in January 1774.[2] On 23 April 1774 Champion defeated the Rohillas (Afghan Highlanders) at Miranpur Katra, killing their leader, Hafiz Rahmat Khan, and ending the Rohilla War.[3]

Champion remained in office until November 1774.[2] He retired to Hatchlands Park near Guildford[4] and died at Bath on 15 March 1793: there is a monument to him in Bath Abbey by Nollekens, which says, 'he rose, in the course of twenty years' active service in India, to the chief command of the Company's troops in Bengal.'[5]

Family

On 11 February 1759 Champion married Miss Francis Nynd.[6]

References

Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Chapman
Commander-in-Chief, India
1774
Succeeded by
Sir John Clavering
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