Major General George Tito Brice

(1832 –1905), CB, M in D,

Battalion of the Leicester Regiment

served in the Crimea and Colonel of the Regiment 1903 - 1905.

 

Army Career:

1848 (Dec.)   Ensign in the 17th Foot Guards (Royal Leicestershire Reg.) @ Chatham

 

1850              Adjutant

1852              Lt - Light Company

1854              Captain - Served in the Crimea War from 1855 including the Siege of Sevastopol and the assaults on the REDAN between July and Aug

1855              and was present at the bombardment of KINBOURN.

                       Mentioned in Dispatches, and (in addition to the Crimea and Turkish Medals) was awarded the Order of MEDJIDIE 5th Class and given a brevet Majority.

1855 – 58      Serving in Canada as a Major.

1865              Lt –Col - 2nd Battalion in England, Ireland and India from 1871 – 1878

1874              Colonel

1879              Brigadier (Bombay Army) until 1884.

1885              Major General

1889              Retired List

1903              Colonel of the Regiment

 

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Crimean War he was awarded the CB on the King’s birthday in 1905.

 

He is buried in Feltham Cemetery.

 

There is a memorial plaque to his memory in the Regimental Chapel of Leicester Cathedral. His Crimea War medals are in the collection of Leicester City Museum.

 

FAMILY TREE

 

George Tito (originally spelt TWITOE) resident in Poole since c 1580)

1704 - 74 Merchant and Ship-owner and Mayor of Poole 1755 & 1771

 

Daughter

Elizabeth Tito (1730-61) m Rev Edward Brice.

 

Only Son

The Rev. George Tito Brice (1760-1826)

(inherited the estate of his grandfather George Tito & the names were perpetuated).

 

Perpetual Vicar of Canford Magna and Provincial Grand

Chaplain of the Order of the Amity – also local magistrate.

 

3 sons

 

George Tito Brice

 

Edward Brice

 

Nathaniel Brice

 

Major George Tito Brice (1782-1862)

as a young man of some means he purchased a coronetcy in the 3rd Dragoon Guards for £630.00 on the 17th October 1799,

being promoted to Lt. on 24th April 1801 and then being reduced to half pay.

 

He was re-appointed Lt. on 2nd September 1802 and a year later promoted to Captain. Serving in the Peninsular War, he landed with the 3rd Dragoon Guards at Lisbon on 26-27 April 1809 as part of Fane’s Cavalry brigade.

 

Marching on 4th May to join Wellington’s army they took part in the Battle of Talavera on 27th and 28th July, where he was wounded by a cannonball during abortive preparations for a cavalry charge against the opposing French Infantry.

 

Captain Brice and one other Trooper were wounded and subsequently captured and taken as prisoners of war from the battlefield as the British Troops withdrew to Portugal.  After presumably being treated and transported to France, he arrived at the military fortress of Verdun on 13th May 1810 for registration as a P.O.W.   High-ranking officers such as Brice were given the opportunity to live on parole and to pay for their own lodgings elsewhere within the town itself, having given their word as gentlemen not to escape, but with strict curfews issued and daily rolls enforced nonetheless. He remained in Verdun until April 1814 (having in the meanwhile received the brevet of Major the year before) and for his wounds received at the Battle of Talavera he was issued with a pension of £100.00 p.a. dated from Christmas Day 1811. (His death was erroneously announced The Gentlemen’s Magazine in January 1811 with other accurate details included beside it).  Returning to ‘life’ in Britain alive, he was confirmed as a Major in January 1818, and in due course settled in Fordingbridge.  In later life he became a magistrate and Deputy Lt. For the county, and he died at Packham House on the 29th March 1862 aged 80.

 

He was awarded the Peninsular War Medal with a Talavera clasp and his son was Major General G T Brice who served with distinction in the Crimea and Canada.

 

2nd Son

The Rev. Edward Brice (1784-1873)

Naval Chaplain 1807-29 and served on HMS York in 1807 (when Martinique was captured and then with the Battle Of the Saintes.) Only ever recipient of a Naval General Service Medal with a Martinique clasp as a Chaplain.

 

3rd Son

Commander Nathaniel Brice (1787-1864)

 

Royal Navy 1799-1840

 

1799-1800  Crewman then Midshipman on HMS Crescent based on the Jamaica Station. The Crescent captured the sloop Galgo and the unrated Diligente.

 

1800 -1806  Channel service on the St. George, Isis, Prince of Wales, Latona, and Captain.

 

1806 -1807 Lt.  Command of the Schooner Jackdaw which was taken by the Spanish near Cape Verde Islands but was quickly re-captured by the Frigate Minerva.

 

1807-1808 Served on HMS York and based in the Leeward Islands in 1807 and then the occupation of Madeira, later based in the West indies.

 

1808-1810 Served as Lt on the Pelican which was part of the capture of the Desirade.

 

1810-1811   Served on the Aurora – Guard ship based at Chatham.

 

1811-1813 Served on the Sloop Tweed stationed in the North Sea then off the coast of Africa.

 

1813-1815 Served on the Scamander on Channel service.

 

1815 -  End of Napoleonic Wars and Brice remained unemployed and was placed on the retired Commanders list in 1840.

 

Residency in Feltham

Lived at GROVELEY House 1903-05