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Georg Baring

Georg Baring German general

German general
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Intro German general
Countries Germany
Occupations Military officer
Gender male
Birth 8 March 1773 (Hanover)
Death 27 February 1848 (Wiesbaden)
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Georg Baring
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Biography

Konrad Ludwig Georg Baring (8 March 1773, Hannover - 27 February 1848, Wiesbaden, during a spa treatment) was an officer in the army of the Electorate of Hanover and the British army's King's German Legion. Some sources also give his name as Baron Georg(e) von Baring.

Life

To 1815

Baring's military career began with his joining the Hanoverian army in 1787. In November 1803 (dating the commission to 17 November) he became a brevet major in the King's Germans (renamed the King's German Legion on 19 December 1803), a force of which he had been one of the first members. He fought in the campaigns in Hannover (1805, Third Coalition), the Baltic (1807–08, Gunboat War / English Wars), the Pyrenees (1808–13, Peninsular War), the Walcheren Campaign (1809, Fifth Coalition), southern France (1813–14, Sixth Coalition) and the Netherlands (1814, Sixth Coalition). On 16 May 1811 he was slightly wounded at the battle of Albuera. On 18 January 1815 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Waterloo

Plaque to Baring, Von Ompteda and the Legion on the outer wall of La Haye Sainte

At the head of the 2nd Light Infantry Battalion of the Legion, Baring was put in charge of the defence of the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte during the battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. He wrote about the events of the day in a detailed report, which ended with the words:

After Waterloo

The King's German Legion was dissolved after Waterloo and Baring joined the newly formed army of the Kingdom of Hanover, in which he became oberst in the Garde-Grenadier-Regiment (26 December 1828) and from 1830 as Flügel-Adjutant in the general staff. In 1831, the year in which his Erzählung der Teilnahme des 2. Leichten Bataillons der Kgl. Deutschen Legion an der Schlacht von Waterloo (History of the Participation of the 2nd Light Infantry Battalion of the King's German Legion at the Battle of Waterloo) was published in a Hanoverian military journal, he held the rank of Brigade-Kommandeur. On 18 June 1832, the seventeenth anniversary of Waterloo, he and his descendents were made Freiherrs by William IV (then still king of Hanover) in recognition of his war service and made Hanover's city commander. In 1834 he rose to Generalmajor then in 1846 to Generalleutnant.

Memorials

A street in Hanover city-centre is named after him and a small memorial stone is dedicated in front of the Hauptstaatsarchiv Hannover near the present-day regional parliament and the former royal palace.

Plaque to Georg Baring in Hanover

Honours

  • United Kingdom
    • CB - Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath
    • Waterloo Medal
  • Kingdom of Hannover
    • Royal Guelphic Order, 2nd class
    • King William Cross
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Military William Order, 3rd class
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http://www.kgl.info/Geschichte/text_Waterloo_15_II/text_waterloo_15_ii.html
https://d-nb.info/gnd/1034669214
https://viaf.org/viaf/303792008
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q96382
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/303792008
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