Robert Gardiner (British Army officer)
Sir Robert William Gardiner
Gen. Sir Robert Gardiner
|Born||2 May 1781|
|Died||26 June 1864 83) (aged|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order
Educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Gardiner was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 7 April 1797 and that October was sent to Gibraltar, which was under partial blockade by the French fleet.
In November 1798 he was present at the Capture of Minorca under Charles Stuart. The following May he was appointed to the staff of the island's Mosquito Fort, where the French General Duc de Crillon had landed in 1782, and subsequently became aide-de-camp to General Henry Fox.
Following the 1802 Treaty of Amiens he returned to England, was promoted to second-captain in 1804 and the following year commanded 12 guns in an advance corps under Lieutendant-general Don as part of Cathcart and Count Tolstoy's campaign in North Germany. The force advanced as far as Hanover before the Battle of Austerlitz forced their return home.
He joined the Marquis of Wellington's Army in 1812 and commanded a Field Battery at the Battle of Salamanca, the Capture of Madrid and the Siege of Burgos where with several of his men he volunteered for the trenches.
He became Principal Equerry to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in 1816 and remained in that role until 1831. He was also aide-de-camp to the successive monarchs George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria. He held the position of Master Gunner, St James's Park from 1840.
In 1816 Gardiner married Caroline Mary McLeod, eldest daughter of Lieutenant-General John Macleod and they had issue.
- Robert Gardiner at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Dalton, Charles (1904). The Waterloo roll call. With biographical notes and anecdotes. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. p. 214.
- "Death of Sir Robert Gardiner". London Evening Standard. 29 June 1864. Retrieved 19 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Royal Artillery at Regiments.org". Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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