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Charles Fox Canning

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Fox Canning (d. June 1815) was a British Army officer who was killed in the Battle of Waterloo. He was one of the aides-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington. Before Waterloo, he took part in the Peninsular War, also as Wellington's aide-de-camp.[1]

He was one of two of Wellington's aides-de camp to be mortally wounded in the battle, the other being Alexander Gordon; five others survived with injuries, and only one was uninjured.[2]

According to one book, Canning was busy keeping some German troops in line (they were "on the verge of disbanding") when he was shot in the abdomen and died shortly afterwards.[3]


He was a cousin of George Canning, who later became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[1]

His brother, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe,[4] was a diplomat.[5]

In fiction[edit]

Charles Fox Canning is a character in Georgette Heyer's novel An Infamous Army, appearing frequently throughout the second half of the novel. In the novel, he dies on the battlefield in the arms of his friend, Lord March.[6]


  • Barbero, Alessandro (2006). The Battle: A New History of Waterloo. Translated by Cullen, John (paperback ed.). Walker & Company. ISBN 978-0-8027-1500-5. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Haythornthwaite, Philip (2007). The Waterloo Armies: Men, Organization and Tactics. Pen & Sword Military. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Corrigan, Gordon (2014). Waterloo: A New History of the Battle and Its Armies. Atlantic Books. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  1. 1.0 1.1 Pledge, Jonathan (23 June 2015). "George Canning and Waterloo: international politics and personal loss". Untold lives blog. The British Library Board. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. Corrigan 2014, p. 287.
  3. Barbero 2006, p. 240.
  4. Haythornthwaite 2007, p. 37.
  5. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Stratford-Canning-Viscount-Stratford-de-Redcliffe
  6. Heyer, Georgette (1917). An Infamous Army. Heinemann. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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