Henry Knight Storks

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Sir Henry Storks
Henry Knight Storks, Vanity Fair, 1870-12-24.jpg
Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1870
Born 1811
Died 6 September 1874
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Awards

Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Knight Storks GCB, GCMG (1811 – 6 September 1874) was a British soldier and colonial governor.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Charterhouse School, he entered the Army on 10 January 1828 as an ensign of the 61st Regiment of Foot.[1] He was promoted lieutenant on 2 March 1832, exchanged to the 14th Regiment of Foot on 23 March 1832 and was promoted captain on 30 October 1835. Exchanging to the 38th Regiment of Foot on 30 May 1836, he served with them in the Ionian Islands in 1840 and was promoted major on 7 August 1840.[1]

He went on half pay from the regiment on 23 May 1845 and served in a variety of staff posts. He served as an Assistant Adjutant General during the seventh of the Cape Frontier Wars from 1846 to 1847, and was subsequently promoted to an unattached lieutenant colonelcy on 15 September 1848. From 1849 to 1854, he was Assistant Military Secretary at Mauritius, and was promoted colonel on 28 November 1854.[1]

Promoted major-general, Storks superintended the British bases set up in Ottoman territory during the Crimean War, where he supported the nursing efforts of Florence Nightingale. After the war, he was awarded the KCB (2 January 1857) and employed from 1857 to 1859 by the War Office as Secretary for Military Correspondence.[1]

He now began his career in colonial government, appointed Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands on 2 February 1859.[1] While serving there, he was created GCMG in 1860, and reorganized the judiciary of the islands before the end of the commissionership (by treaty) on 14 November 1863. He was made a GCB on 1 July 1864. Sent next to Malta, he was appointed Governor on 15 November 1864.[1] However, he was called the next year to Jamaica to investigate the disturbances there, including the Morant Bay rebellion, and was appointed Governor of Jamaica on 12 December 1865.[2] He held that post until 16 July 1866. Upon his return, he was created a Privy Councillor (10 November 1866). He resigned the Governorship of Malta on 15 May 1867.[1]

Now back at the War Office, he was appointed Controller-in-Chief and Under-Secretary at the War Office on 19 December 1867.[1] There, he was involved in the re-organization of Army logistics that took place after the Crimean War. He was appointed Surveyor-General of the Ordnance on 5 August 1870, the first to hold that post since the Crimean War. On 10 October 1870 he was appointed colonel of the 70th Regiment of Foot, an office he held for the remainder of his life.[1]

Last years in politics[edit]

Entering politics, Storks found his strong support for the Contagious Diseases Acts told against him at Newark by-election, 1870, when Bell Taylor and other medical men ran a poster campaign against him in the town, and he withdrew from candidacy.[3] He was elected Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1871, and was promoted lieutenant general on 25 October 1871. While in Parliament, he spoke in favor of the abolition of the purchase system of Army commissions. His stance on the Contagious Diseases Acts then contributed to his defeat by Earl de Grey in 1874. He died shortly after losing the election, on 6 September 1874.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Ewart Gladstone
Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands
1859–1863
Succeeded by
end of British protectorate
Preceded by
Sir John Le Marchant
Governor of Malta
1864–1867
Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Grant
Preceded by
Edward John Eyre
Governor of Jamaica
1865–1866
Succeeded by
Sir John Peter Grant
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord John Hay
Member of Parliament for Ripon
1871–1874
Succeeded by
Earl de Grey
Military offices
Vacant
Title last held by
Lauderdale Maule
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance
1870–1874
Succeeded by
Lord Eustace Cecil