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Sir Sydney Cotton
Born (1792-12-02)December 2, 1792
Died February 19, 1874(1874-02-19) (aged 81)
Buried at Brompton Cemetery, London
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Sir Sydney John Cotton GCB (2 December 1792 – 19 February 1874) was a British Army officer.

Military career

He was the second son of Henry Calveley Cotton of Woodcote, Oxfordshire, England, and his wife Matilda, daughter and heiress of John Lockwood of Dews Hall, Essex.

He joined the British Army in 1810 as a Cornet in the 22nd Light Dragoons. He served extensively in Australia (1835–42) and India (1810-35 & 1842-1863, including service throughout the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58).

For his frontier services Cotton was made KCB and after returning to England he was appointed Lieutenant-General in 1866 and GCB in 1872. In 1868 in London he had published "Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India, from 1854 to 1863".

He was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1872 until 1874.[1]

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London.

He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.

Mount Cotton, Queensland is named after him.

See also

  • Rev. Richard Lynch Cotton (1794–1880), younger brother
  • Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton (1803–1899), younger brother


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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir John Pennefather
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Grant

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