He entered the British Army in 1800 serving in the 75th Regiment. He was lieutenant in the 42nd Regiment of Foot in 1804. He served as an officer in the 42nd Regiment of Foot serving in the Peninsular War.
He fought at Buçaco, Fuentes de Oñoro, and Salamanca.
He distinguished himself at Quatre Bras and Waterloo
1814 he received his C.B. 1832 he received his Knight Commander of Hanover 1838 he received his Knight Commander of the Bath
In 1837, he was promoted to be major general, and in 1841–1842 was acting Commander-in-Chief at Madras. He is buried at Ferozepore:
Here lies in the hope of joyful resurrection Sir Robert Henry Dick of Tully Mett, Perthshire North.B. Major-General Knight Commander of the Orders of the Bath and of Hanover, Knight of the Austrian Military Order of Maria Theresa and of the Russian Order of Vladimir.
Colonel of Her Majesty 73rd Regiment Foreign his country he fought & bled: in Egypt at Maida thro"out the Peninsula at Waterloo & in India.
Born on 29 July 1787 AD he fell in the moment of victory on the 10th Feby 1846 AD while cheering on H.M"s 80th Regt having led his division in the assault on the entrenched camp of the Seikh at Sobraon.
Honoured and beloved he lived honoured and lamented he died. Memorial at Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Tayside:
Sacred to the memory of Major-General Sir Robert Henry Dick Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath KCH who after distinguished service in the Peninsula in the command of a Light Battalion and at Waterloo with the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment fell mortally wounded whilst leading the 3rd Division of the Army of the Sutledge to the attack on the Seikh entrenched camp at Sobraon on 10 February 1846. A memorial also exists in Street Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
His portrait, by William Salter, is in the National Portrait Gallery.