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Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala
He was the son of Major Charles Frederick Napier , who was wounded at the storming of Meester Corneis (August 26 1810) in Java and died some months later. Robert was born in Ceylon on December 6 1810. He joined the Bengal Engineers at the age of 18 and served with distinction throughout the Sikh Wars.
His achieved his greatest fame as Field Marshal, leading a punitive expedition in 1867 to Magdala, the capital of Abyssinia, which rescued several captured British diplomats and roundly defeated the Abyssinian forces. He received a parlimentary pension, was made Grand Commander of the Order of the Bath, a freeman of the City of London and given a peerage, Baron Napier of Magdala.
He later became Commander-in-Chief in India .
|- style="text-align: center;" | width="30%" |Preceded by:
The Lord Sandhurst | width="40%" style="text-align: center;" |Commander-in-Chief, India
1870–1876 | width="30%" |Succeeded by:
Sir Frederick Paul Haines
|Baron Napier of Magdala||Succeeded by:|
Robert William Napier
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