Walter Fane

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General Walter Fane CB was a British General who served in Central India, on the North West Frontier as well as in China during the Opium Wars. Fane raised a troop of irregular cavalry to fight in China made up of Indian volunteers and they went on to become Fane's Horse, a regiment that remains part of Pakistan's armed forces.


Walter Fane, a member of the Fane family, was born in 1828 in Fulbeck Lincolnshire. He was the son of the Rev. Edward Fane of Fulbeck Hall and brother of Colonel Francis Fane and Henry Hamlyn-Fane member of Parliament.

Army career[edit]

He entered the army in 1845 and became a lieutenant in 1853. He served in the Punjab Irregular Cavalry on the North West frontier where they fought a number engagements against the hill tribes.

During the Indian Mutiny of 1857 Fane fought against Tantya Tope and he was present when the Indian rebel leader was captured and executed.

In 1860 Fane raised the irregular cavalry force of Fane's Horse to fight in China during the Second Opium War. Fane's horse fought in the engagements of Sinho, Chinkiawbaw, Pulli-chi-on as well as in the sacking of Peking under Fane's cousin Field Marshal Sir John Michel. For these services he was nominated as a companion of the Order of the Bath.

Later life[edit]

Fane was also an artist and had limited success throughout his lifetime, and he was the most successful member of a moderately artistic family. He married but had no children and he died aged 58 in Fulbeck where is buried.