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Sir Jasper Nicolls Born 15 July 1778 East Farleigh, Kent Died 4 May 1849 Reading, Berkshire Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army Rank Lieutenant General Commands held Madras Army Indian Army Battles/wars Second Anglo-Maratha War Peninsular War War of the Fifth Coalition Gurkha War Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Born at East Farleigh in Kent and educated at a private school in Ballygall and at Trinity College, Dublin, Nicolls was commissioned into the 45th Regiment of Foot in 1793. He was present at the Battle of Argaon and Siege of Gawilghur in 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War and then at the disastrous attack on Buenos Aires by Lieutenant General John Whitelocke in 1807. In 1807 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion of the 14th Regiment of Foot and he went on to fight at the Battle of Corunna and to take part in the Walcheren Campaign in 1809. In 1811 he became Assistant Adjutant-General at Horseguards and in 1812 he was made Deputy Adjutant-General in Ireland. Later that year he went to India as Quartermaster-General. In 1815, during the Gurkha War he captured Almora and reduced Kumaon. In 1825 he was made General Officer Commanding a Division of the Madras Presidency and in 1829 he transferred to become GOC 7th (Meerut) Division; in 1838 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army. In 1839 he was promoted to Commander-in-Chief, India; he returned to England in 184
He was briefly associated with the notorious Victorian femme fatale, Lola Montez, when she was still a schoolgirl. From a webpage,"Persons associated with Lola Montez": NICOLLS, Lt General Sir Jasper 15 July 78 Kent - 4 May 49 Reading; in 1838 became c-in-c Madras, in 1839 went to Bengal as c-in-c India, resigned the appointment in March 43 and returned to England. He had married Anne Babcock 21 Sept 1809; they had many daughters and a single son. Craigie (CRAIGIE, Patrick b Montrose 28 April 1799, d Dinapore 3 (or 8) Oct 1843, step-father of LM; later adjutant-general of Army of Bengal) asked Nicolls to put Lola Montez, then aged 12, to school, which he apparently did by sending her to the Aldridge Academy in Bath, where she remained until 1837. Most of the details LM gives of her relations with the Nicolls family in her 1851 memoirs and in her autobiographical lectures are fanciful. See his diaries in the British Library, India Office
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