Frederick Forestier-Walker

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Sir Frederick Forestier-Walker
Gen. Sir Frederick Forestier-Walker
Born 14 April 1844
Bushey, Hertfordshire
Died 30 August 1910
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Buried at Bushey, Hertfordshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Western District
Battles/wars Cape Frontier Wars
Anglo-Zulu War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Frederick William Edward Forestier Forestier-Walker GCMG KCB (17 April 1844 – 30 August 1910) was a British senior military officer and Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career[edit]

Forestier-Walker was the eldest son of General Sir Edward Forestier-Walker (previously Walker), by his wife Lady Jane Ogilvy-Grant, daughter of the 6th Earl of Seafield. Educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Forestier-Walker was commissioned into the Scots Guards as Ensign and Lieutenant, by purchase, 5 September 1862,[1][2] and was appointed a Lieutenant and Captain, by purchase, 11 July 1865.[3]

In 1873 he was appointed Military Secretary to the General Officer Commanding Cape Colony and 15 October 1878 was promoted Colonel.[4] Forestier-Walker saw action in the Cape Frontier Wars, for which he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in November 1878,[5] and in the Anglo-Zulu War.[2] He was promoted to Captain and Lieutenant-Colonel of the Scots Guards 20 March 1880.[6] In 1882 he was appointed Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General[7] for the Home District but shortly after returned to South Africa.[2] From 1884 he served in Bechuanaland, and in January 1886 was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[8] for services in that protectorate.

He was appointed a Brigadier at Aldershot in 1889 and Commander of British Troops in Egypt in 1890, during which he was knighted and promoted to a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.[9] Upon returning from Egypt in 1895, he was appointed General Officer Commanding Western District, serving until 1890.[2]

In 1899 he again returned to Africa, becoming GOC Cape Colony and acting as Lieutenant-General in command of Lines of Communication, South Africa Field Force, 1899–1901. He was thus responsible for disembarkation of troops and military stores, and sending them to the front. In a dispatch dated 31 March 1900, the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, Lord Roberts, wrote how Forestier-Walker carried out his duties "with credit to himself and with advantage to the public service".[10] He was promoted to a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in November 1900 for his services in South Africa.[11]

He was Governor of Gibraltar from 1905 until shortly before his death in 1910, and also acted as General Officer Commanding Mediterranean in 1909.[12]

In retirement he became a Director of the Cold Storage Company.[13]

He was a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John from 1901.[14]


In 1887 he married Mabel Louisa Ross and they had one son.[2]



Government offices
Preceded by
Sir George Stuart White
Governor of Gibraltar
1905 – 1910
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Hunter