Gregory Holman Bromley Way was born in London on the 28th December 1776, the fifth son of Benjamin Way, esq. of Denham Place, Bucks, and Elizabeth Anne, eldest daughter of Rev. William Cooke, D.D. Provost of College, Cambridge.
He entered the army in 1797, as Ensign in the 26th (Cameronian Regiment) of Foot, and was captured by a French Privateer on his passage to join that corps in Canada; he was detained prisoner in France during a year and a half, and ultimately regained his liberty by exchange.
On the 3rd November 1799, he procured a Lieutenancy in the 35th Foot, and with that corps served two years in the Mediterranean, being engaged at the siege of Valetta and capture of Malta from the French. On the 20th January 1803, he was given command of a company in the 5th Foot with the rank of Captain, and after serving in the Channel Islands, sailed with his regiment as part of an expedition in 1805 under Lord Cathcart to the Elbe, but, the vessel being shipwrecked off the Texel, he was taken prisoner by the Dutch. On his exchange he served in the expedition to Buenos Ayres and the Cape de Veld, with Major-General R. Craufurd, and subsequently went to St. Helena, the Cape of Good Hope and South America. He served as Assistant Quartermaster-General to the forces under General Whitelocke, and at the storming of Buenos Ayres led the right wing of the infantry brigade.
On the 25th February 1808, he obtained a majority in the 29th Foot, and proceeded forthwith to Portugal, in which country as well as in Spain his regiment highly distinguished itself. He served under Sir Brent Spencer off Cadiz, and thence proceeded to join the army under the Duke of Wellington in Portugal. He was present at the battles of Rolica, when, on gaining the plateau with a few men and officers of his regiment, Major Way had the blade of his sword shot away at the hilt, and the small party being at the same moment charged by the enemy, he was rescued from the bayonet of a French grenadier by the humanity of General Brenier. In 1809 he commanded the Light Infantry of Major-General Stewart's brigade, which led the advance of the British army in the actions of the 10th, 11th, and 12th of May, and terminated in the passage of the Douro, and capture of Oporto, and subsequent retreat of Soult's army.
Lieut.-Gen. Sir G. H. B. Way, K.C.B.