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CleryC FMajor GeneralEntered 1858; Major General, 1894. Staff service: Instructor Royal Military College, 1871-72; Professor, Tactics, 1872-75; DAA and QMG, Headquarters, Ireland, 1875-77; DAA and QMG, Aldershot, 1877-78; Special Service, Cape of Good Hope, 1878-79; Brigade-Major, Expeditionary Force, Egypt, 1882; AA and QMG, Egypt; DA and QMG, Egypt, 1882-85; Brigade-General Chief of Staff, Egypt, 1886-87; Command Staff College, 1888-93 Major General, Infantry Brigade, Aldershot, 1895-96; DAG to the Forces, Headquarters of Army, 1896-99; Lieutenant General, Infantry Division, South Africa, 1899. War Service—South African War, 1879 (Despatches, March and August 1879; medal with clasp; Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel); Egyptian Expedition, 1884 (Despatches, March and May 1884; medal with 2 clasps; bronze star; promoted Colonel, CB); Sudan Expedition, 1884-85 (clasp); South African War, 1899-1900. General Clery, who is renowned in the classroom as in the field, was born in 1838. In the art of war he has long been the recognised authority, and his "Clery on Tactics," has passed through several editions, and become a textbook in Germany, Russia, America, and Italy. In addition to this work, his influence has made itself felt at the War Office on behalf of the British soldier, to whom he has always been a sincere and practical friend. He is popular in all ranks of society, save perhaps with the Cadets at examination times.
Source: List of KCMG recipients. Various sources
Staff
FrenchJ D PLieutenant GeneralHe served in the Royal Navy from 1866 to 1870. In 1874 he was commissioned into the 19th Hussars, via Suffolk Artillery Militia. Between 1884-85, he was in the expedition that failed to relieve Gordon in Khartoum. He was with White in Ladysmith in 1899 commanding the cavalry and left on the last train with Haig, then in command round Colesburg. Commanded the cavalry division with Roberts' army in the relief of Kimberley and the capture of Bloemfontein and Pretoria. In 1901 he was sent to Cape Colony to try to suppress the Boer rebels there. Chief of Imperial General Staff 1912-14. 1914-15 commanded British Expeditionary Force until he resigned. 1916-18 Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces. 1918-21 Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.
Source: List of KCMG recipients. Various sources
Staff
FrenchSomerset RichardSomerset Richard French was born in 1848, the son of the late Robert French. After being educated at a private school, he entered the Money Order Department of the General Post Office in London in 1866, but was transferred to the Secretary's Department in 1869, and in the next year assisted in the transfer of telegraphs to the State. He was in charge of the Intelligence and Special Arrangements Branch of the Telegraph Service from 1870 to 1880, and in 1878 he went to Cyprus with an expeditionary force under Lieutenant-General Sir Garnet Wolseley to organize a postal and telegraph service in that island. He was appointed Secretary and Accountant-General of the Post Office of Cape Colony in 1880, Controller of the Savings Bank in 1884, and Postmaster-General of the Colony in 1892. Whilst acting as Secretary, he introduced the Postal Savings Bank system in the Colony. His next appointment was Postmaster-General of British Bechuanaland, and from 1893-97 he was manager of the Rhodesian Telegraph Service, and of the African Trans-Continental Telegraph Company. He was awarded the CMG in 1896 in recognition of these services. He represented the Cape Colony, Natal, and Rhodesia at the Universal Postal Union Congresses at Washington in 1897, and Rome in 1906, and was largely responsible for the introduction of the Imperial Penny Postage scheme. He supervised the Military and Postal Telegraph Services in the Cape Colony during the South African War, in connection with which he received the special thanks of the Imperial Government and Field-Marshal Lord Roberts, and was created KCMG in 1901, in recognition of these services. In 1907 Sir Thomas Fuller retired from the post of Agent-General for Cape Colony in London, and Sir Somerset French succeeded him. He married in 1893, Josephine, only daughter of Beauval Murphy, RN. There were two children, a daughter who died during the early part of the War, and a son, who was killed in action in 1918. Sir Somerset French died in Sussex on 11 May 1929.
QSA (0) (Sir S French KCMG GPO Staff). DNW Jun 00. £1,500.
Source: List of KCMG recipients. Various sources
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GallweyT JColonelWar service: Afghan War, 1879 (medal with clasp); Egyptian Expedition, 1882 (medal with clasp; bronze star); Sudan Expedition, 1884-85 (Despatches; clasp; promoted Surgeon-Major); Expedition to Dongola, 1896 (Despatches; CB; Egyptian medal with clasp); Nile Expedition, 1897; Nile Expedition, 1898 (Despatches, May and September 1898; promoted Colonel; 2 clasps, Egyptian medal); South African War, 1899-1900.
Source: List of KCMG recipients. Various sources
Royal Army Medical Corps
GirouardEdouard Percy CranwilCaptainThe son of a French Canadian, who is a Judge of the supreme Court of Canada, the highest appellate Court for the whole Dominion. He was born in 1867, and educated at the Canadian Royal Military College, from which he graduated, proceeding at once to an appointment on the engineering staff of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Here he had that splendid training which fitted the young student for the great work which he was destined to do in the service of his country. He entered the Royal Engineers in 1888 and proceeded to Woolwich, where his great knowledge of practical railway work led so rapid promotion. At the age of 23 he was appointed Traffic Manager of the Royal Arsenal Railways, and it was here that the keen eyes of Lord Kitchener discerned in young Girouard the very man to undertake the construction of the railway across the Sudan which was to enable Lord Kitchener to push forward his advance from Dongola to Khartoum. Colonel Girouard carried out this work as Director of Sudan Railways, and afterwards was appointed President of the Egyptian Railway Board. In 1889 he accompanied Sir Redvers Buller to the Cape as Director of Military Railways. He later settled in England and in 1907 became High Commissioner for Northern Nigeria, Governor from 1908 to 1909 and Governor of East African Protectorate 1909-1912. In the Great War he served as Director General of Munitions. He married, Sep 10, 1903, Mary Gwendolen, only child of the Hon Sir Richard Solomon, KCMG, CB, KC, Attorney General of the Transvaal, and Lady Solomon, Governor N Nigeria, 1907.
See Glen 13 Dec 89.
Source: List of KCMG recipients. Various sources
Royal Engineers
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