Alexander Hamilton-Gordon (British Army lieutenant-general)
|Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon|
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
|Born||6 July 1859|
|Died||13 February 1939 (aged 79)|
|Commands held||IX Corps|
|Battles/wars||Second Afghan War
Second Boer War
First World War
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Mention in Despatches (4)
Hamilton-Gordon was one of ten children of General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon, K.C.B. and Caroline Herschel. His grandfather was George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1852 until 1855.
Educated at Winchester College, Hamilton-Gordon was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1880. His first military service was in the Second Afghan War in 1880. Hamilton-Gordon later served in the Boer War taking part in actions at Ladysmith, Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz and Tugela Heights. He became Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for Intelligence in South Africa in early 1901. Arriving back in the United Kingdom, he briefly became an Instructor at the School of Gunnery before he was appointed a Deputy Assistant Quarter-Master-General at Aldershot in October 1901.
In 1910, he took a posting as Director of Military Operations in India, where he served until 1914, when he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Aldershot Command. In 1916, he was given command of IX Corps, serving at the Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of the Aisne. He was relieved in 1918 and retired in 1920.
He died in 1939.
In 1888, he married Isabel Newmarch, with whom he had three children.
Sir Douglas Haig
|GOC-in-C Aldershot Command
1914 – 1916
Sir Archibald Hunter
|GOC IX Corps
1916 – 1918