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Sir Henry Askew KCB (7 May 1775 – 25 June 1847)[1] was an officer of the British Army. He served during the Napoleonic Wars and fought at the Battle of Waterloo. He rose to the rank of lieutenant-general during his career.

Sir Henry Askew
Sir Henry Askew by William Salter.jpg
Born7 May 1775
Died25 June 1847
AllegianceUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1793-1847
Unit1st Foot
AwardsWaterloo Medal


Askew was born in 1775, the third son of John Askew of Pallinsburn House, Ford, Northumberland.[2]

He joined the army in 1793 as an ensign in the 1st Foot. He served in the campaigns in Holland and Flanders in 1799, and then in the Walcheren Campaign in 1809. Askew took part in the Peninsular War and operations in the south of France, being commended with a medal for his part in the Battle of the Nive.[2]

He was wounded at the Battle of Quatre Bras and received the Waterloo Medal. He was knighted in 1821 and became a lieutenant-general in 1837.[2]

Askew died in 1847.[3]


  1. ^ Burke, Bernard (1858). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. Harrison. p. 28. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c " The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland, 1846, accessed May 2009
  3. ^ Sir Henry Askew, National Portrait Gallery