George Arthur French
|Sir George Arthur French|
Colonel George Arthur French, 1883
19 June 1841|
|Died||7 July 1921
|Buried||Brompton Cemetery, London|
|Years of service||1860–1902|
|Commands held||Commandant of the New South Wales Military Forces (1896-02)
Commandant of the Queensland Defence Force (1883–91)
Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police (1873–76)
|Battles/wars||Red River Rebellion
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George|
Major General Sir George Arthur French KCMG (19 June 1841 – 7 July 1921) was a British Army officer who served as the first Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police, from October 1873 to July 1876, and as Commandant of the colonial military forces in Queensland (1883–91) and New South Wales (1896–1902)
George Arthur French was born at Roscommon, Ireland. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1860.
French resigned in 1876 and returned to duty in the British Army, eventually attaining the rank of major general. The organizational skills developed in Canada were used to establish local defence forces in India and Australia. In September 1883 he was appointed Commandant of the Queensland Local Forces with the local rank of colonel, and arrived in the colony on January 4, 1884. Colonel French married, in 1862, Janet Clarke, daughter of the late Robert Long Innes, formerly of the 37th Regiment. Colonel French retired in 1891, and returned to England.
- "George Arthur French". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
William Osborne Smith
|Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police
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