Sir Francis Gathorne-Hardy
|Born||14 January 1874|
|Died||21 August 1949 (aged 75)|
|Unit||Second Boer War|
Second World War
|Commands held||Northern Command|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Background and early life
Gathorne-Hardy was born in 1874, a younger son of John Stewart Gathorne-Hardy, 2nd Earl of Cranbrook and Cicely Marguerite Wilhelmina Ridgway. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
Gathorne-Hardy joined the British Army as a commissioned second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards on 10 October 1894, and was promoted to lieutenant on 1 January 1898. In early February 1900 he was seconded for special service in South Africa, where he was involved with Army transport duties during the Second Boer War. He was promoted to captain on 2 May 1900. During later stages of the war he served with the Lovat Scouts, and only left South Africa after the war had ended, in July 1902. For his service in the war he received the brevet rank of major on 22 August 1902. Following his return he was appointed Superintendent of Gymnasia in the Home District.
He served as a General Staff Officer in the First World War. After commands as a General in Egypt and India, he was Commander in Chief at Northern Command from 1931 to 1933 and at Aldershot Command from 1933 to 1937.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 27165". The London Gazette. 16 February 1900. p. 1077.
- "The War - appointments". The Times (36048). London. 25 January 1900. p. 10.
- "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36836). London. 2 August 1902. p. 6.
- "No. 27490". The London Gazette. 31 October 1902. p. 6900.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36901). London. 17 October 1902. p. 8.
- The peerage.com
Sir Cameron Shute
| GOC-in-C Northern Command
Sir Alexander Wardrop
Sir Charles Harington
| GOC-in-C Aldershot Command
1933 – 1937
Sir John Dill