Alexander Nelson (British Army officer)

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Sir Alexander Nelson
Born 30 June 1814
Walmer, Kent
Died 28 September 1893
Reading, Berkshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1835 - 1883
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Conquest of Sindh
Morant Bay rebellion
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Abercromby Nelson KCB JP (30 June 1814 – 28 September 1893) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Military career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Nelson was commissioned into the 40th Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1835.[1] He served in Kandahar and in Afghanistan in 1841 and 1842 and took part in the Battle of Hyderabad in 1843 during the Conquest of Sindh.[1] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General at Portsmouth in 1854 and subsequently became brigade major there before being made Deputy Adjutant-General in Jamaica in 1864.[1] He was responsible for putting down the Morant Bay rebellion there, ordering the trial of George Gordon who was subsequently hanged in 1865.[1] He went on to be Assistant Adjutant-General for Cork district in 1867 and Adjutant-General in Gibraltar in 1873.[1] He became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1879.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1846 he married Emma Georgiana Hibbert.[1]

References[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir St. George Foley
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
1879–1883
Succeeded by
Henry Sarel