Frederick Dobson Middleton
Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton
Sir Frederick Middleton
|Born||4 November 1825
|Died||25 January 1898 (aged 72)
|Years of service||1845–1890|
|Commands held||Royal Military College, Sandhurst
General Officer Commanding the Canadian Militia
|Battles/wars||New Zealand Wars
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Companion of the Order of the Bath
In 1848 he transferred to the 96th Regiment of Foot in India and took part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny in which campaign he was recommended for, but not actually awarded, the Victoria Cross. He went on to be Commandant of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1879.
He was appointed General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada in 1884. In 1885 the North-West Rebellion took place and Middleton had to respond. Despite a defeat at the Battle of Fish Creek, his cautious approach reached Batoche, Saskatchewan, where the Métis surrendered after three days' bombardment. For his service in the war, Middleton was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1885. He also received the thanks of Parliament and the sum of $20,000.
Frederick Dobson Middleton married, as his first wife, Mary Emily Hassall.
He married in February 1870 as his second wife, Marie Cecile Eugénie Doucet, daughter of Theodore Doucet, N.P., of Montreal. She was born in Montreal in 1846, and was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Sault-au-Recollet. The couple had two sons and a daughter. She died at Tateley, Hants, England, 1 November 1899.
|General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada