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George Burrell
Born 26 February 1777
Died 4 January 1853 (aged 75)
Place of birth Longhoughton, Northumberland, England
Place of death Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Wars Napoleonic Wars
War of 1812
First Anglo-Chinese War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General George Burrell, CB (26 February 1777 – 4 January 1853), was a British Army officer. He served in the Napoleonic Wars, War of 1812, and First Anglo-Chinese War.

Military career

Burrell was born in Longhoughton, Northumberland, England, on 26 February 1777. He was the second son of John Burrell, esq. of Longhoughton, and his wife Barbara Peareth of Newcastle. He joined the British Army as an ensign in the 15th (East Riding Yorkshire) Regiment in 1797 and was promoted to lieutenant the same year. In 1805, he joined a company and when on passage to the West Indies, the transport ship in which he was embarked was attacked by a large French privateer schooner, which was beat off with great loss. Burrell became a major in the 90th Light Infantry in 1807, was at the capture of Guadeloupe in 1810, and served during the war in Canada in 1814 and 1815, having commanded the post of Fort-Major during the winter of that year. He proceeded to Europe in 1815, but arrived too late for the Battle of Waterloo. Having marched to Paris, he remained there until the occupying army was formed in December before returning to England in July 1816.[1]

In 1820, Burrell went to the Mediterranean, where he held the civil and military command of Paxo for over five years, one of the Ionian Islands under a British protectorate. For this, he received a highly complimentary token from the regent and from the civil authorities of the island. After becoming a colonel in 1830, he returned to England in 1832 with the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment. In 1836, he was ordered to Ceylon, where he was Commandant at Colombo and Trincomalee, and received the local rank of major-general in 1837. In May 1840, Burrell proceeded to China and commanded the troops in the capture of Chusan in July 1840. The British established a military administration on the island, with himself as governor. Chusan was evacuated and returned to the Chinese in February 1841 after a tentative agreement with Chinese authorities. However, hostilities were renewed after the agreement was not ratified, and he commanded a brigade at the attack on Canton in May 1841. He command a brigade until the end of the war in July 1842. He received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament for his services in China. In 1851, he was promoted to lieutenant-general, and became colonel of the 39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment in February 1852.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Urban, Sylvanus (1853). The Gentleman's Magazine. Volume 39. London: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons. pp. 313–314.

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