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Alexander Rochfort

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Years of service  1871 - 1916
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Rank  Major general
Service/branch  British Army
Name  Alexander Rochfort

Alexander Rochfort
Battles/wars  Second Boer War World War I
Died  December 5, 1916, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Awards  Order of the Bath, Order of St Michael and St George
Battles and wars  Second Boer War, World War I

Major-General Sir Alexander Nelson Rochfort, KCB, CMG (1850 – 5 December 1916) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.

Military career

Rochfort was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1871. He was appointed Aide de camp to the Viceroy of India in 1882 and then Aide de camp to the Chief of Staff of the Expeditionary Force to Suakin in 1885 before taking part in the Second Boer War which broke out in South Africa in October 1899. He was present at the Relief of Kimberley and at the Battle of Paardeberg, was mentioned in despatches (31 March 1900) was severely wounded, and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB). During the latter part of the war, he was in command of a column operating in the north-west of Orange River Colony. In a despatches dated 23 June 1902, Lord Kitchener, Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, described Rochfort as "fearless of responsibility, never makes difficulties, and has ... all the qualifications for a leader in the field."

After the end of the war in June 1902, he went on to be a Special Service Officer in the Somaliland Field Force in 1902 and Inspector of the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery in 1904 before becoming Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 1910 until he retired in October 1916. He was found dead at his chambers in Piccadilly in December 1916.

References

Alexander Rochfort Wikipedia


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