The Honourable Galbraith Lowry Cole entered the army in March 1787,
and after serving as a junior officer was promoted to the rank of
Major in 1793, when the struggle between Great Britain and France
In 1794 he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in Ward’s Regiment,
afterwards disbanded; and in 1799 he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel
in General Villette’s Corps which also afterwards disbanded.
In 1801, he was promoted Colonel. He served in the island of Sicily
as Brigadier General, and commanded the 1st Brigade at the Battle
of Maida on the 4th July 1806.
Major General Sir John Stuart, afterwards Count of Maida, bore testimony,
in his public despatch, to the gallant conduct of Brigadier General
The Hon G L Cole on that occasion.
In 1808 he was promoted to the rank of Major General. His services
were afterwards extended to the Peninsula, where he commanded a
Division during the campaigns from 1810 to the overthrow of Napoleon,
Emperor of France, and the restoration of the Bourbon dynasty in
For his distinguished services in the Peninsular Campaign he was
Mentioned in the Despatches of the Duke of Wellington. He received
the local rank of Lieutenant General for his service in Spain and
He was appointed Colonel of the 103rd Regiment in 1812 and obtained
the rank of Lieutenant General in 1813. He was nominated a Knight
of the most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, and on the extension
of that order, in 1815, he received the decorations of Knight Grand
Cross of the Bath. In commemoration of his distinguished services
in Sicily, Portugal, Spain, and the South of France, he received
the distinction of a Cross and four clasps, for the battles of Maida,
Albuhera, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes and Toulouse.
In 1814 he was removed to the 70th Regiment as Colonel. In 1816
to the 34th, and in 1826 to the 27th Regiment. He was appointed
Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury Fort and in 1830 promoted to the
rank of General.
He died in 1842.