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Field Marshal Sir John Lysaght Pennefather (1798–1872), Governor of the Royal Hospital (1870–1872)

Photo credit: The Royal Hospital Chelsea

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General Sir John Lysaght Pennefather was a British soldier who entered the army in 1818 as a Cornet in the 7th Dragoon Guards and won two very remarkable victories. Firstly at Meeanee, India, where it was said that 500 British soldiers defeated 35,000 Indians. Secondly at the Battle of Inkerman, 1854, during the Crimean War, where he commanded a division of 3,000 soldiers fighting in the fog who were said to have defeated 35,000 Russians.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea


  • Date

    19th C

  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    45 x 39 cm

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