Thomas Wentworth (British Army officer)

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Lieutenant-General Thomas Wentworth (c. 1693–1747) was a British Army commander of the early 18th century.


From 1737 to 1745 he was Colonel of what would soon become the 24th Regiment of Foot.

He became commander of the land troops in the amphibious expedition against Cartagena de Indias following the deaths of the original commander, Lord Cathcart, and his second-in-command, General Spotswood, during the War of Jenkins' Ear. He and his troops arrived there in 1741 in a fleet led by Rear-Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle to reinforce Vice-admiral Edward Vernon, but the British forces still failed to take the town and the land forces suffered catastrophic losses of nearly ninety percent over the course of two years campaigning, mostly from disease.

He was an M.P. for Whitchurch in 1743, and voted with the Administration in 1744, then served in Flanders.

In 1745, he was with George Wade, during the Jacobite rising of 1745. He did not vote on the Hanoverians in 1746; he died in November 1747.[1]


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Selwyn
Charles Clarke
Member of Parliament for Whitchurch
With: John Selwyn
Succeeded by
John Selwyn
Charles Wallop
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Cope
Colonel of Thomas Wentworth's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Campbell
Preceded by
Thomas Howard
Colonel of Thomas Wentworth's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Daniel Houghton
Preceded by
The Viscount Cobham
Colonel of Thomas Wentworth's Regiment of Horse
Succeeded by
Thomas Bligh