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Famous members of Gonville Bromhead's family

Colonel John Bromhead CB1

Appointed Ensign in the 24th Foot on 13th November 1793; Lieutenant 16th June 1795; Captain 31st October 1799; Major in the 34th Foot2 16 May 1805 and Lieutenant Colonel in the 77th Foot3 26th June 1809 and Colonel by brevet in 12th August 1819.  This officer served for three years in the Quarter-Master-General's department of the army in Canada: he thence went to Nova Scotia, and next served the campaign in Egypt; he has also served in Hanover and in Portugal.  In 1809, he arrived in Portugal with the 2nd Batt. 34th Regiment and returned home the same year on promotion.  In 1811 he again went to Portugal, and commanded the 77th Regiment in the 3rd Division of the Army on 25th September in the affair of El Boden4, near Fuente Guinaldo: he commanded the 77th at the siege and capture of Badajos5; and afterwards in the Independent Brigade under Lord Aylmer at the investment of Bayonne.  He has the honour of wearing a medal6 for the siege of Badajos, and is a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Lieutenant General Sir Gonville Bromhead, (1st) Bart1

Born 30th September 1758, educated Winchester, commissioned Ensign 1st June 1774, Lieutenant 3rd March 1776, with 62nd Foot7 in America, wounded and captured at Saratoga, Captain 30 May 1786, Lieutenant Colonel 26th November 1794, Half pay 1800, late 126th Foot, Lochaber (Cameron's) Fencible Infantry, Colonel 1st January 1801, Created Baronet 19 February 1806, Major General 25th April 1808, Lieutenant General 4th June 1813. (Afternote: died 18 May 1822)

Chaplain Edward Bromhead

9th January 1763, 31st Foot, 22nd September 1769, 27th Foot,

Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead

Lieutenant 23rd March 1809, 54th Foot

Captain Benjamin Bromhead

28th Dragoons, Irish half pay 1802

Captain James Bromhead

18th January 1797, 34th Regiment


Compiled by Martin Everett, South Wales Bortderers Museum


1 Extract from 'The Royal Military Calendar of Army Service' (Five Volumes) published in 1820. (Spelling unchanged).  Additional notes (in italics) obtained from Army Lists of the period.

2 34th (Cumberland) Foot now The King's Own Royal Border Regiment.

3 77th (East Middlesex) Foot now The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

4 El Bodon or EL Boden (not awarded as a battle honour for 77th Foot) took place on 25th September 1811.

5 The second and successful Siege of Badajoz took place between 17th March and 6th April 1812.  The 77th Foot were awarded the battle honour along with 19 other regiments of foot including The Royal Welch Fusiliers.  Five generals were wounded, 5,000 officers and men had fallen during the siege, and when Wellington stood in the breach and looked around him at the scene of carnage, he burst into tears.

6 Medal for Badajos held by Bromhead family

7 62nd (Wiltshire) Foot now The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment.