See also:British soldier, son of Baron Alten, a member of an old Hanoverian
See also:family, entered the service of the elector as a page at the age of twelve . In 1781 he received a commission in the Hanoverian
See also:guards, and as a captain took
See also:part in the
See also:campaigns of 1793–1795 in the Low Countries, distinguishing himself particularly on the Lys in command of
See also:infantry . In 1803 the Hanoverian army was disbanded, and Alten took service with the
See also:King's German
See also:Legion in British pay . In command of the light infantry of this famous
See also:corps he took part with
See also:Lord Cathcart in the Hanoverian expedition of 18o5 and in the
See also:siege of
See also:Copenhagen in 1807, and was with
See also:Moore in Sweden and Spain, as well as in the disastrous Walcheren expedition . He was soon employed once more in the Peninsula, and at
See also:Albuera commanded a
See also:brigade . In
See also:April 1813 Wellington placed him at the
See also:head of the famous " Light Division " (43rd, 52nd, 95th, and Cacadores), in which
See also:post he worthily continued the records of Moore and Robert Craufurd at Nivelle, Nive,
See also:Orthez and Toulouse . His
See also:officers presented him with a sword of
See also:honour as a token of their esteem . In 1815 Alten commanded Wellington's 3rd division and was severely wounded at
See also:Waterloo . His conduct won for him the
See also:rank of Count von Alten . When the King's German Legion ceased to exist, Alten was given the command of the Hanoverians in France, and in 1818 he returned to Hanover, where he became subsequently
See also:minister of war and
See also:foreign affairs, and
See also:rose to be
See also:field-marshal, being retained on the British Army
See also:list at the same
See also:time as Major-General
See also:Charles Alten, G . C . B .
He died in 1840 . A memorial to Alten has been erected at Hanover . See
See also:Magazine, 184o; N . L . Beamish, Hist. of the King's German Legion, 2 vols . (1832-1837) .
ALBRECHT ALTDORFER (? 1480–1538)
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