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Cathcart, Sir George. K.C.B., was born in London in 1794, being the third son of Earl Cathcart, a distinguished general and diplomatist. Educated at Eton and Edinburgh, he entered the army in 1810, and accompanied his father, then ambassador at St. Petersburg, as his aide-de-camp. He served with the Russian army throughout the German campaign of 1813, and the advance to Paris in 1814. Going to the Congress of Vienna, he became attached to Wellington's staff, and was present at Quatre-Bras and Waterloo, and at the occupation of Paris. His duties called him to Nova Scotia, Bermuda, and Jamaica, between 1828 and 1834, when he went on half-pay. In 1837 he commanded the King's Dragoon Guards during the Canadian rebellion and remained in that country until 1844. He was next appointed deputy-lieutenant of the Tower, but in 1852 was sent out as governor and commander-in-chief to the Cape, where he brought the Kaffir war to a successful issue. In 1854 he received command of a division in the Crimea, and great things were expected of him, but he fell at the battle of Inkermann on November 5 of that year.