James Wolfe is chiefly remembered as the Hero of Quebec;
the 32 year old Major General who died on the Plains of Abraham
winning Canada for the British Empire. Yet as this new biography
by Stuart Reid reveals he also had an enormous influence on the
British Army itself.
I reckon it a very great misfortune to this country,"
he once wrote to his mother, "that I, your son, who have, I know,
but a very modest capacity, and some degree of diligence a little
above the ordinary run, should be thought, as I am, one of the
best officers of my rank in the service."