George Chesney was probably born at Packolet, Kilkeel,County Down. He joined the Bengal Engineers in 1848 and served through the Indian Mutiny. He rose to be general and became President of Cooper's Hill Engineering College from 1871 to 1880. He was knighted in 1890 and served as a member of parliament for Oxford until 1895. He wrote novels and a famous skit The Battle of Dorking.