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“Field Marshal Hugh Gough, Limerick-Born Military Hero, Commands in Historic Battles”

17th Century Field Marshal Hugh Gough had a distinguished military career and is best known for his service in the British Army in India.

Gough entered the army in 1794 and saw action in various campaigns, including the Peninsular War against Napoleon Bonaparte. However, his most significant contributions came during his time in India, where he played a crucial role in several major conflicts.

He first gained prominence during the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-1816), commanding British forces in battles against the Gurkhas. Gough’s successes in this conflict earned him recognition and led to further opportunities.

Gough’s most notable military achievements came during the First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars (1845-1846 and 1848-1849). He commanded the British forces against the Sikh Empire, led by Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s successors. Gough’s victories at the battles of Mudki, Ferozeshah, and Sobraon secured British control over Punjab and expanded the British Empire in India.

His military prowess earned him several accolades and honours throughout his career. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1838 and later received the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in 1855. Gough was also made a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India (GCSI) in 1861 and was elevated to the peerage as the 1st Viscount Gough in 1846.

Field Marshal Hugh Gough’s military achievements and extensive command experience set him apart as one of the most distinguished British officers of his time. His strong ties to County Limerick and his Anglo-Irish heritage further contributed to his notable legacy.

Limerick Gazette

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