British Army General. He began his military career as a Cornet with the 6th Dragoon Guards in 1855, aged 18. He was a lieutenant in 1857 at Meerut, India, at the start of the Indian Mutiny. He fought at Kurnaul and subsequently with Seaton’s Moveable Column; he took command of the 9th Lancers when the senior officers had been killed at Gungaree. He was mentioned in despatches for his command of the cavalry at Putteali and took part in seven other engagements, including the Operations in Oude now in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh . Over the next two years he was involved in many actions; he was part of the Agra Field Force, pursuing the Indian Commander Tantia Topee, for which he received a medal and clasp. With the rank of Captain, he joined the 13th Hussars in October 1862. By 1873 he had risen to Brevet Major and was sent to the Gold Coast, now Ghana, during the Ashanti Wars. He raised Russell’s Regiment, an African unit and commanded it during the fighting. He was mentioned in despatches several times, particularly for the battle of Ordahsu and the capture of Cumassie; he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, awarded the Companion of the Bath and a medal with clasp. In 1879 he went to Southern Africa, again with Wolseley, and helped to defeat Sekunkuni in the Northern provinces along the Limpopo river at the end of the Zulu War. He was again acknowledged with another mention in despatches, the award of Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George, made Aide-De-Camp to Queen Victoria and awarded a further medal with clasp. By 1882 he was Colonel of the 13th Hussars and was Commander of a Cavalry Brigade in Egypt during the British securing of the Suez Canal. He was in action at Tel-el-Kebir and took part in the capture of Cairo. Again he was mentioned in despatches, awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, a medal with clasp, the 2nd class medal of Medjidie and Khedive's Star. In 1894 he became a Major General and Colonel of the 13th Hussars and in 1903 he rose to the rank of General.
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