Sir Rowland Hill
career of Sir Rowland Hill is linked closely to both the Duke
of Wellington and Sir Thomas Graham.
met Graham during the siege of Toulon
and the older man appreciated the talents the 21-year-old displayed
Graham formed his own regiment he asked Hill to be its colonel and
he commanded it in Egypt. A brigade command followed in Hannover.
began his Peninsular Campaign
at Rolica and Vimiero, took part at Corunna
and Oporto, and played a vital defensive role at Talavera.
of the few officers Wellington trusted enough to give a separate
command to, Hill was unfortunately stricken with malaria before
his force fought at Albuera and had to hand it over to Sir
his return he protected Wellington's right flank at Badajoz and
later destroyed a French force at Arroyo de Molinos. His surprise
attack was so successful he only suffered 65 casualties to the French's
1300 killed, wounded and captured.
to general in 1812, Hill was often used by Wellington as an independent
guard on his flank or rear, but again showed his fighting abilities
at Vitoria, Souraren and St Pierre. At the latter he soundly defeated
a larger French army under Marshal Soult.
Aside from his excellent fighting qualities, Hill was an officer
who deeply cared for his men, who called him Daddy Hill.
was given a peerage in 1814 and upon Napoleon Bonaparte's return
to Paris from Elba he journeyed to Holland
to assist the Dutch building up their army.
fought during the 100 Days' Campaign
and narrowly missed being killed towards the end of the battle of
Waterloo. He remained in France
for three years as second-in-command of the Allied occupation troops.
Hill remained out of the public eye for 10 years but returned to
it when asked by Wellington, the Prime Minister, to be the head
of the army. Just before his death in 1842, he was made Viscount