Francis Howard (British Army officer)

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Sir Francis Howard
Born 26 March 1848
Died 21 March 1930 (1930-03-22) (aged 81)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Western Command
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Major-General Sir Francis Howard KCB KCMG (26 March 1848 – 21 March 1930) was a British Army General in the early years of the twentieth century.


Howard was a younger son of the diplomat Sir Henry Francis Howard (1809-1898) by his second wife Baroness Marie Ernestine von der Schulenburg. Through his father he was a descendant of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk. His brother was another diplomat, Sir Henry Howard (1843-1921)

In 1895 he married Gertrude Jane Boyd, daughter of Hugh Boyd, and they had one son and one daughter.[1]

Military career[edit]

Howard was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1866.[2] He took part in the Jowaki Expedition in India in 1877 and then in and the Bazaar Valley and Lughman Expeditions of 1878 and 1879,[2] before taking part in operations in Upper Burma in 1887 to 1889.[2]

In 1894 he was appointed Commander 2nd Bn of the Rifle Brigade, and he took part in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898.[2]

During the Second Boer War, he was Commander of 8th Brigade and took part in the Defence of Ladysmith in 1900.[2] He later served on the Staff and was placed on half-pay 26 December 1900.[3]

Howard was appointed an Aide-de-camp to King Edward VII after his accession in 1901.

He was made Inspector General of Auxiliary Forces and Recruiting at the War Office in 1903 and then Commander of North Western District in 1904.[2] He was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Western Command in 1905 and retired in 1907.[2] He was recalled as Inspector of Infantry during World War I.[2] On 9 December 1919, Howard was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Gloucestershire.[4]



  1. ^ The
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "No. 27333". The London Gazette. 12 July 1901. p. 4644. 
  4. ^ "No. 31678". The London Gazette. 9 December 1919. p. 15195. 
  5. ^ "No. 27306". The London Gazette. 19 April 1901. p. 2695. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Hallam Parr
GOC North Western District
(GOC-in-C Welsh and Midland Command 1905;
GOC-in-C Western Command 1906)

Succeeded by
Sir Charles Burnett