Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington KG,GCB,GCP,PC,FRS

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01 May 1769 - 14 September 1852

Commissioned as an ensign into the British Army in 1787, the "Iron Duke" served as aid-de-camp to two Lords Lieutenant of Ireland.

Rising to Colonel by 1796 Wellington is credited with an exemplary military career participating in some 60 battles and most famously leading the British Army to victory against the French during the Napoleonic War, during which most forebear regiments took part, in particular the Battle of Albuhera.

Following his military career Wellington served as Prime Minister twice: once in 1828-30 and briefly in 1934.

He remained Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until his death in Walmer Castle in 1852