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Lieutenant General Alexander Duroure

Born in London, 1692. Cadet in Navy 1707. Did two trips to America in the ‘Falmouth’ and was at the Taking of Port Royal. On return voyage was wounded in the hand during a sea fight against the ‘Francois’. In the ‘Lennox’ to Cape of Good Hope, 1710, and returned via Samaria, Genoa, Savoy, Geneva, Germany and Holland. Lieutenant in Brigadier Grove’s (10th) Regiment, 1715. Captain-Lieutenant 1719. Captain of Grenadier Company, 1722. At Gibraltar 1730. Major in Colonel Douglas’s Marines, 1739. With Jamaica Expedition, at Attack on Carthagena, 1740. Lieutenant Colonel in General Wentworth’s (24th) Regiment, 1742 and sent with 500 men to assist General Oglethorpe in the Carolines. Returned to England with the 24th Regiment, 1743.
Quartermaster General to Marshal Wade at Newcastle, 1745. Governor of Castle of St. Maws (on death of his brother Scipio) 1745. To Scotland by sea with reinforcements 1746. Commanding 38th Regiment in Antigua vice General Dalziel,1 September 1752. Appointed to Colonel 4th King’s Own at Minorca 12 May 1756. Major General 1758. Lieutenant General 1760. Died at Toulouse 1 February 1765. Age 73. Buried in Westminster Abbey, where there is a monument erected to him and his brother Scipio.

The Funerary Monument of Lieutenant General Alexander Duroure, Colonel of the Regiment, 1756 to 1765, in the East Cloister of Westminster Abbey.
Accession Number: KO2590/383 and KO2590/384

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