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Colonel Sir Charles Rowan was one of the two men who were the first Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police. When he was appointed to this post, Rowan was forty-seven years old and already had had a distinguished military career. He had served under Sir John Moore and the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular Campaigns of the French Wars and had taken part in the Battle of Waterloo, fought on 18 June 1815. Because of his military career, Rowan was used to taking command of large numbers of men and was very good at organisation. He was a keen disciplinarian.
Rowan had equal authority with Richard Mayne, the other Commissioner, and the two men worked well together.
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