John Gaspard Le Marchant
from being an extremely brave cavalry leader, John Le Marchant was
also a reformer and it was his design that led to the introduction
of the 1796 light-cavalry sabre (see below).
wrote an instruction manual for the cavalry and pushed for better
training for Britain's officers. He established officer academies
and is largely responsible for the creation of the military school
to major-general and sent to the Peninsula, Le Marchant showed extreme
promise but his career ended too early when - like so many cavalrymen
of his time - he proved too reckless at Salamanca
and was killed while hunting down fleeing French infantry. Reports
said he had killed six with his own hand.