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Edward Donovan
Born 6 September 1821
Died 1897 (aged 76)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Knight of the Légion d'honneur

Lieutenant General Edward Westby Donovan (6 September 1821 - 1897) was Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements.

Military careerEdit

Donovan was commissioned into the 33rd Regiment of Foot in 1840.[1] He fought in the Crimean War and was severely wounded at the Siege of Sevastopol in 1855.[2] For this he was made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur.[3]

In 1878 he was appointed Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements, a post he held until 1882.[4] He retired in 1887.[5]

He was also Colonel of the East Yorkshire Regiment.[6]

FamilyEdit

Edward Westby Donovan belonged to the distinguished Ballymore sept of the O'Donovans of Clan Loughlin,[7] and was a cousin of the 18th century Juliana Donovan, Countess of Anglesey.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The London Gazette: no. 19812. p. 57. 10 January 1840. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 21705. p. 1707. 15 April 1855. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  3. Thom, Adam Bissett, The Upper Ten Thousand, for 1877. London: Kelly and Co. p. 167
  4. The London Gazette: no. 25068. p. 425. 3 February 1882. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 25688. p. 1916. 1 April 1887. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26182. p. 3722. 14 July 1891. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  7. Burke, Bernard and Ashworth Peter Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland. London: Harrison & Sons. 9th edition, 1899. p. 119–20
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Colborne
Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong
and the Straits Settlements

1878–1882
Succeeded by
John Sargent
Preceded by
Robert Brucedisambiguation needed
Colonel of The East Yorkshire Regiment
1891–1897
Succeeded by
William Hardydisambiguation needed

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