William Fitch (British Army officer)

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William Fitch
Colonel William Fitch and His Sisters Sarah and Ann Fitch E11547.jpg
Colonel William Fitch and His Sisters Sarah and Ann Fitch by John Singleton Copley
Allegiance Great Britain
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
RankLieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsSecond Maroon War

Lieutenant Colonel William Fitch (died 1795) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Fitch was commissioned into the 65th Regiment of Foot on 28 November 1775,[1] he was promoted, in the same regiment, to lieutenant on 2 January 1779[2] and to captain on 7 December 1779.[3] He was then promoted to major in the 51st Regiment of Foot on 30 November 1791[4] and then transferred to the 55th Regiment of Foot on 25 April 1792[5] before being appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the 83rd Regiment of Foot on 28 September 1793,[6] he embarked for the West Indies in May 1795 and was deployed to Jamaica where he was killed in action later that year during the Second Maroon War.[7]

Newly arrived in Jamaica, Fitch ignored the advice of his experienced Maroon trackers, and led his forces into an ambush by the Maroons of Cudjoe's Town, which resulted in the deaths of Fitch, many members of the white militia, and a number of Accompong warriors.[8]


  1. ^ "No. 11617". The London Gazette. 25 November 1775. p. 2.
  2. ^ "No. 11940". The London Gazette. 29 December 1778. p. 2.
  3. ^ "No. 12037". The London Gazette. 4 December 1779. p. 2.
  4. ^ "No. 13375". The London Gazette. 31 December 1791. p. 1.
  5. ^ "No. 13424". The London Gazette. 9 June 1792. p. 396.
  6. ^ "No. 13605". The London Gazette. 21 December 1793. p. 1141.
  7. ^ Memoirs, p. 14
  8. ^ Michael Siva, After the Treaties: A Social, Economic and Demographic History of Maroon Society in Jamaica, 1739-1842, PhD Dissertation (Southampton: Southampton University, 2018), p. 137.