Lieutenant-General Richard Hamilton, [C.B.], was born in October 1810 and educated at Harrow. Nominated for a Cadetship in the Madras Infantry in early 1828, he was posted to the 1st Native Infantry as an Ensign later that year. Advanced to Lieutenant in February 1836 and to Captain a decade later, he served successively as Adjutant, Quarter-Master and Interpreter to his Regiment, but he did not witness any active service until the Pegu operations of 1852-53, when he was present at the action of Tonghoo and Beeling and Mentioned in Despatches by Brigadier-General Steel (London Gazette 29.4.1853 refers). Hamilton was subsequently appointed Assistant Adjutant-General to the Field Division in Saugor and Nerbudda, under Major-General Whitlock, and saw action against the Mutineers at Kubrai, Banda and Kirwee, services that gained him the Mutiny Medal with 'Central India' clasp. Employed by the Madras Presidency until the late 1870s, including a stint as C.O. of the British Burma Division, he gained steady promotion to the rank of Major-General and was appointed a C.B. in May 1875. Hamilton died at Torquay in March 1888, having been advanced to Lieutenant-General in August 1884.