George Head

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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 at Lisbon as a clerk in the commissariat. He served during the remainder of the Peninsular War, following the army to the fields of Vitoria, Nivelle, 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......
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