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William was son of Henry Delaune (1681-1746), and the great grandson of
Henry and Alice Hull, thus the great great grandson of the infamous Sir
William Hull, the pirate, of whom I wrote of last month. William is, as far as
my research has extended so far, the last of the De Laune family of which
made their mark in British History.

William became a lieutenant in the 20 Foot Regiment on 24 July 1754 and
rose to the rank of Captain on the1st September 1756, and at this time
James Wolfe was lieutenant-colonel. In1758 the 67 Foot was formed, Wolfe
was its colonel and William was a captain serving under him.

Wolfe thought highly of William, for on the 11 February 1758, when about
to set sail for Louisbourg, Wolfe wrote that William was “formed by nature
for the American war” and then after the fall of Louisbourg Wolfe wrote to
the King asking if he could have permission to take, among others, William
to the expedition against Quebec. William was one of six officers to whom
General Wolfe left in his Will one hundred guineas each to buy swords &
rings, in remembrance of their ‘Friend’.

One account states that a procession six miles long drifted down stream
on the ebb tide with General Wolfe and William Delawne in the lead whaleboat
at 2.00am Thursday 13 September 1759.

William was the commander of “The Forlorn Hope”, 24 volunteers, the
pathfinders to lead the way up the cliff to dispense with the French sentries
at the top. It is recorded that William told his men that “If any of us survive
we may be recommended to the general for bravery”.

On jumping onto the sand from the whaleback the men, led by William,
advanced to the cliff

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