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Soft lad

Pub Quize question.

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Colin Campbell went from midshipman to Lieutenant General.

 

He led the assault on the heavily fortified castle of Ahmednagar.

Capture during Second Anglo-Maratha War

In 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War, forces under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) stormed and captured the small town.

Wellesley sent forward his stormers against the pettah, having first pointed out to the leaders where they were to fix their ladders. The assault was gallantly led; but within ten minutes five of the officers leading the first attacking party were killed or wounded, the ladders were thrown down and broken; the attack had failed.[2]

Another attacking party had only two ladders; the rush of the stormers broke down one; but, on the other, the stormers, commanded by Captain Vesey and headed by Lieutenant Colin Campbell, forced their way up. About 150 men had gained the rampart when a cannon-shot smashed the ladder. The fate of the stormers, thus cut off, might have seemed hopeless; but they leaped down the inner side of the wall, forced their way through the streets to the central gate, against which another party of stormers was battering on the outside, opened it, let in their comrades, and the town was won. Wellesley then turned his attention to the nearby fort, which after a cannonade surrendered on terms and the garrison marched out with full military honours.[2] The successful assault carried out with such apparent ease made a strong impression on the Indians. Golka, a Mahratta chief, wrote to a friend shortly after the incident:[c]

The English, are a strange people, and their general an extraordinary man. They arrive here in the morning, examine the walls, carry them, have killed all the garrison in the place, and have now gone back to breakfast. Who can resist such men as these? — Golka a Mahratta chief.[2][4][d]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Campbell_(colonial_governor)

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3 hours ago, Soft lad said:

Who's the only geezer who went from private to Brigadier 

My guess would be some sort of TV/Film link, but not coming up with anything.

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5 minutes ago, gilf said:

My guess would be some sort of TV/Film link, but not coming up with anything.

I hadn't thought along those lines.

It is, indeed, the first Brigadier of which you think: Lethbridge Stewart.
 

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He did his national service in the British Army, leaving after 18 months as a private, not wanting to pursue a military career.

The Lethbridge-Stewart character returned in the next season in "The Invasion", promoted to the rank of brigadier,[6] and in charge of the British contingent of UNIT.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Courtney

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4 hours ago, sukuinage said:

There were two:

Enoch Powell

Fitzroy Mclean

These 2 were the only ones who enlisted during WW2 and achieved this.  Which would hold out the possibility that others may have managed in other periods.

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But, in this documentary - it's said that Enoch was the only private soldier enlisted during ww2 to reach brigadier.  If your question looks for a Highlander - I'd go with Powell, despite Macleans equal record, and even descent from the MacLeans of Ardgour.  I'm just thinking Powells life story wider studied.

12:10
 

 

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5 hours ago, Bricks & Mortar said:

These 2 were the only ones who enlisted during WW2 and achieved this.  Which would hold out the possibility that others may have managed in other periods.

Could be. They are the only two I knew from memory. Read Powell's biography and "Eastern Approaches" by Fitzroy McClean and then a bit of Wikipedia

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William Robertson - fought in the Boer War as a private IIRC and commanded in WW1 as Chief of the Imperial Staff before retiring as a Field Marshall when the war ended.

 

The other one was Hector MacDonald who rose through the ranks as the result of his fighting in the Afghan Wars.

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6 hours ago, Happy Renting said:

Demotions - easy ones:

Who went from being First Lord of the Admiralty to be a Major in the Army ?

Who went from being an Army Colonel to be an Aircraftman in the RAF?

The second one is TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).

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6 hours ago, Happy Renting said:

Demotions - easy ones:

Who went from being First Lord of the Admiralty to be a Major in the Army ?

Who went from being an Army Colonel to be an Aircraftman in the RAF?

churchill the dog

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