George Wade

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Field Marshal George Wade (1673 – March 14, 1748) served as a British military commander and Commander-in-Chief of the Forces.


Early career

Wade, born in Kilavally, Westmeath in Ireland, was commissioned into the Earl of Bath's Regiment in 1690[1] and served in Flanders in 1692, during the Nine Years War, earning a promotion to Captain in 1695.[1] During the War of the Spanish Succession (1702–13) he first served under Marlborough, gaining promotion to major as well as lieutenant colonel in 1703.[1] In 1704 he served on the staff of Henri de Massue, 1st Earl of Galway,[1] distinguishing himself at Alcántara[1] and Vila Nova in 1706 and at Almanza in 1707.[1] He won promotion to Brigadier General in 1708. He served as second-in-command to James Stanhope in Minorca in 1708[1] before returning to Spain in 1710, where at the Battle of Saragossa[1] he earned a promotion to Major General.[2]

Major General Wade returned home to join in the suppression of the Jacobite rising of 1715.[2] He entered politics serving as Member of Parliament for Hindon from 1715 to 1722[2] and then as Member of Parliament for Bath from 1722 to 1747,[2] where his house is now a grade I listed building.[3]

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