Hildebrand Oakes

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Sir Hildebrand Oakes
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Sir Hildebrand Oakes
Born19 January 1754
Exeter, Devon
Died9 September 1822 (1822-09-10) (aged 68)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1767–1822
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldMalta garrison
Battles/warsAmerican War of Independence
Egyptian Campaign
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Sir Hildebrand Oakes, 1st Baronet, GCB (19 January 1754 – 9 September 1822) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Oakes was commissioned into the 33rd Regiment of Foot in 1767 and served in the American War of Independence under Lord Cornwallis.[1] He became deputy quartermaster-general in Corsica in May 1794, quartermaster-general in the Mediterranean in June 1794 and quartermaster-general in Portugal in December 1796.[1] He served in the Egyptian Campaign in 1800 as second-in-command under Sir John Moore.[1] He went on to be brigadier-general at Malta in October 1802, Lieutenant-Governor of Portsmouth and General Officer Commanding South-West District in November 1804[2] and a commissioner of military inquiry in June 1805.[1] After that he became quartermaster-general in the Mediterranean in July 1806, commander of the Malta garrison in March 1808 and Civil Commissioner of Malta in May 1810.[1] He was appointed Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance in January 1814 and died in office in that post.[1]

Oakes was also colonel of the 52nd Regiment of Foot.[3]


In 1818, Oakes' daughter Antonia married John Wildman, younger brother of Colonel Thomas Wildman.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ "No. 15752". The London Gazette. 6 November 1804. p. 1367.
  3. ^ Debrett's Baronetage of England
  4. ^ Dalton, Charles (1904). The Waterloo roll call. With biographical notes and anecdotes. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. p. 67.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Ball
Civil Commissioner of Malta
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Maitland
Military offices
Preceded by
John Whitelocke
GOC South-West District
Succeeded by
John Hope
Preceded by
Sir John Moore
Colonel of the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir George Walker
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Trigge
Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
The Lord Beresford
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Hereford)
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Oakes