William Pollexfen Radcliffe

General Sir William Pollexfen Radcliffe KCB (22 December 1822 – 23 March 1897) was a British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding Eastern District.

Sir William Pollexfen Radcliffe
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William Pollexfen Radcliffe
Born22 December 1822
Warleigh House, Devon
Died23 March 1897 (1897-03-24) (aged 74)
Mortimer Common, Berkshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Commands heldEastern District
Battles/warsCrimean War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Military careerEdit

Radcliffe was commissioned as an ensign in the 20th Regiment of Foot on 12 March 1841.[1] After serving in Bermuda and Canada, he fought at the Battle of Alma in September 1854, the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854 and the Battle of Inkerman in November 1854 as well as the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War.[1] He went on to be Inspector-General of Musketry of Hythe in January 1873 and General Officer Commanding Eastern District in October 1878.[2] He was promoted full general on 1 April 1887.[3]

He was also Colonel of the Royal Berkshire Regiment from 1891 to 1894, when he transferred to be Colonel of the Lancashire Fusiliers until his death.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Colonel Sir William Pollexfen Radcliffe". Soldiers of the Queen. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ Haydn's Book of Dignities (1890). p. 907.
  4. ^ "No. 26263". The London Gazette. 1 March 1892. p. 1201.
  5. ^ "The Lancashire Fusiliers [UK]". Archived from the original on 3 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Kelly
GOC Eastern District
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Clifford