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Birth of Sir James Wolfe

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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James Wolfe is sent to Nova Scotia by Prime Minister William Pitt. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

2 January marks the anniversary of the birth of Major General James Wolfe in 1727. Born in Westerham, Kent, the son of veteran soldier Colonel Edward Wolfe, and, from an early age, was destined for a career in the military. He came to attention for his actions at the Battle of Dettington in Bavaria during the War of the Austrian Succession. Although he was involved in many battles in Europe and Scotland (during the Jacobite Uprising), he is today remembered for his victories over the French in Canada, particularly the taking of Quebec, although Wolfe did not live to see the victory he helped create: at the height of the battle he was killed by a French cannon shot.

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