Frederick Carrington

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Sir Frederick Carrington
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Frederick Carrington
Born (1844-08-23)August 23, 1844
Died March 22, 1913(1913-03-22) (aged 68)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Frontier Light Horse
2nd Mounted Infantry
Battles/wars Ninth Frontier War
Basuto Gun War
First Matabele War
Matabele Rebellion
Second Anglo-Boer War
Awards KCB, KCMG
Relations Dorothy Carrington (daughter)

Major General Sir Frederick Carrington KCB, KCMG (23 August 1844, Cheltenham – 22 March 1913, Cheltenham), was a British soldier and friend of Cecil John Rhodes. He acquired fame by crushing the 1896 Matabele rebellion.


Carrington was educated at Cheltenham College and joined the 24th Regiment of Foot in 1864.

In 1875, he arrived in South Africa where he raised and commanded the Mounted Infantry in the Griqualand West expedition and the Frontier Light Horse in the Ninth Frontier War in 1877.

He commanded the Transvaal Volunteer Force against Sekhukhune in 1878–1879 and the Cape Mounted Riflemen in the Basuto Gun War of 1881. He was severely wounded in this campaign.

In 1885, he accompanied Sir Charles Warren's expedition to Bechuanaland in command of the 2nd Mounted Infantry, which soon became known as 'Carrington's Horse'.

He commanded the Bechuanaland Police beginning in 1888. He also was appointed military adviser to the High Commissioner in the First Matabele War and commanded the British force in the Matabele Rebellion in 1896 and the Rhodesian Field Force during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

Carrington was in command of Belfast district in 1899-1900.

He was created a KCMG in 1887, an KCB in 1897, and retired with the rank of major-general.

He was the father-in-law of World War I fighter ace William Mayes Fry and the father of the writer Dorothy Carrington.


"Carrington, Sir Frederick". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa 3. Nasou Limited. 1971. pp. 105–6. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2. 

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