Sir George Head
(1782–1855) was an English commissariat
officer and deputy Knight Marshal
Head, elder brother of Sir Francis Bond Head
, was born at the Hermitage in the parish of Higham, Kent
, in 1782, but there is no entry of his baptism in Higham parish register.
He was educated at the Charterhouse. In 1808 he became a captain
in the West Kent
militia, then at Woodbridge, Suffolk
, but in the following year joined the British Army
as a clerk in the commissariat. He served during the remainder of the Peninsular War
, following the army to the fields of Vitoria
, and Toulouse
, and to the actions in the Pyrenees
. He was promoted to be deputy-assistant commissary-general in 1811, and assistant commissary-general on 25 December 1814. From May 1813 he was in charge of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army under Sir Thomas Picton
, concerning whom he has recorded many interesting particulars in the Memoirs of an Assistant Commissary-General
Returning to in August 1814, he was on the following 28 October ordered to proceed to Halifax, Nova Scotia
; thence he went to Quebec
, and was afterwards employed on Lake Huron
. In ten months he came back to England, and after a year's holiday returned to Halifax, where he remained five years on the peace establishment. Subsequently he served in Ireland, and in 1823 was placed on half-pay.
In 1829 he published his Canadian reminiscences under the title of Forest Scenery and Incidents in the Wilds of North......