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Church, Richard, Sir, 1784-1873

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        (edtf) 1784-02-23
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1873-03-20
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        • Organization: Great Britain. Army. Greek Light Infantry, 1st
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    • Death Place

        Athens (Greece)
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        Great Britain
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    • found: His Observations on an eligible line of frontier for Greece as an independent state, 1830:title page (Lieut. Gen. Sir Richard Church, late Generalissimo of Greece)
    • found: NUC pre-56(Church, Sir Richard, 1784-1873)
    • found: Wikipedia, viewed October 22, 2019(Richard Church (general); Sir Richard Church CB GCH was an Irish military officer in the British Army and commander of the Greek forces during the last stages of the Greek War of Independence after 1827; after Greek independence, he became a general in the Hellenic Army and a member of the Greek Senate; born February 23, 1784; at the age of 16 he ran away from home and enlisted in the British Army; his father bought him a commission, dated July 3, 1800, in the 13th (Somersetshire) Light Infantry; on September 9, 1809 he took the position of Major in the 1st Regiment Greek Light Infantry; on November 19, 1812 he became Lieutenant-Colonel in the renamed The Duke of York's Greek Light Infantry Regiment; his left arm was shattered by a bullet at Santa Maura; in the years of the fall of Napoleon (1813 and 1814) he was present as British military representative with the Austrian troops until the campaign which terminated in the expulsion of Murat from Naples; he was granted a Companion of the Order of the Bath; in 1817 he entered the service of King Ferdinand of Naples as lieutenant-general; in 1820 he was appointed governor of Palermo and commander-in-chief of the troops in Sicily; the revolution which broke out in that year led to the termination of his services in Naples; King George IV conferred on him a Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order in 1822 and he was further promoted to Knight Grand Cross by William IV in 1837; in 1827 he accepted the commandership-in-chief of the Greek army; he landed in March, and was sworn archistrategos on April 15, 1827, but he could not secure loyal co-operation or obedience; after the acropolis capitulated he turned to partisan warfare in western Greece; he lived the rest of his life in Greece; under King Otto, he occupied senior military positions; on October 3, 1833 he was promoted to Lieutenant General in the Greek Army, and in January 1835 became commander of the forces in Continental Greece; on June 10, 1835 he was appointed head of the Secretariat of State for Military Affairs (Army Minister), becoming Inspector-General of the Army on October 28, 1836; in 1844-45 he was a senator; he was promoted to full general in 1854, and died at Athens on March 20, 1873)
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