Alexander Wilson (British Army officer)

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Sir Alexander Wilson
Born 1858
Died 1937
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major General
Commands held 1 Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; Indian Expeditionary Force E
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War; Second Boer War; World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

for a similar named British Army officers, see James Wilson (British Army officer) or Alexander Wilson (writer and spy)

Major-General Sir Alexander Wilson KCB (1858–1937) was a senior British army officer, Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Lieutenant Governor of Jersey between the years 1916 and 1920.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Lancing College,[1] Wilson was gazetted into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1879 and served with the regiment through the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 before being appointed Commandant of Colonial Forces, Western Australia in 1895.[1]

Wilson returned from Australia to fight with his regiment during the Second Boer War and was appointed commander of the 1st Battalion after the Battle of Magersfontein in 1899.[1] He served under Sir John Maxwell in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign (World War I) as General Officer Commanding Indian Expeditionary Force E, Canal Defences and was mentioned in dispatches whilst commanding the Suez Canal defences against the Turkish attack through 1915-1916. He was also appointed KCB at around this time.[2]

In later life he became Colonel of the Regiment (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) and was made Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.[3]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Rochfort
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Sir William Smith