James Wolfe was a British Army officer known for his training reforms and remembered chiefly for his victory in 1759 over the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec as a major general. The son of a distinguished general, Edward Wolfe, he received his first commission at a young age and saw extensive service in Europe where he fought during the War of the Austrian Succession. His service in Flanders and in Scotland, where he took part in the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion, brought him to the attention of his superiors. The advancement of his career was halted by the Peace Treaty of 1748 and he spent much of the next eight years on garrison duty in the Scottish Highlands. Already a brigade major at the age of 18, he was a lieutenant-colonel by 23. The outbreak of the Seven Years’ War in 1756 offered Wolfe fresh opportunities for advancement.
|Born:||January 02, 1727, Westerham, Kent, England|
|Died:||September 13, 1759, Plains of Abraham, Quebec, New France|
|Buried at:||St Alfege Church, Greenwich|
|Allegiance:||Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Years of service:||1740–1759|
|Commands held:||20th Regiment of Foot|
|Battles/wars:||War of Austrian Succession, Battle of Dettingen, Battle of Lauffeld Jacobite rising of 1745, Battle of Falkirk, Battle of Culloden Seven Years’ War, Raid on Rochefort, Siege of Louisbourg, Gulf of St. Lawrence Campaign (1758), Battle of the Plains of Abraham (DOW)|
|Relations:||Lieutenant-general Edward Wolfe (father)|
About James Wolfe
British Major General who fought in the War of Austrian Succession, the Jacobite uprising, and the Seven Years War.
He first entered military service at age thirteen, when he joined his father’s Marine regiment.
He was instrumental in securing Great Britain’s victory in the Seven Years War.
He was the son of Henrietta Thompson and Edward Wolfe.
He and fellow Englishman Horatio Nelson were both 18th-century war heroes.
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