George Forestier-Walker

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Sir George Forestier-Walker
Born (1866-08-02)2 August 1866
Died 23 January 1939(1939-01-23) (aged 72)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1884–1920
Rank Major-General
Commands held
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards

Major-General Sir George Townshend Forestier-Walker KCB (2 August 1866 – 23 January 1939) was a senior British Army officer during World War I.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Major-General George Edmund Lushington Walker, Forestier-Walker was educated at Rugby School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[1] He was commissioned in 1884 and served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General during the Second Boer War.[2] He became Chief Staff Officer of the Somaliland Field Force in 1902, Assistant Quartermaster General for Intelligence for the Somaliland Field Force in 1903 and saw action again during the East Africa Campaign before becoming Assistant Quartermaster General at Southern Command in 1910.[2] He went on to be brigadier-general on the General Staff of Irish Command in 1912.[2]

Forestier-Walker served in World War I initially as Chief of Staff of II Corps, which went to France with the British Expeditionary Force.[2] He became General Officer Commanding 21st Division in April 1915 and fought at the battle of Loos in September 1915.[2] During 1916, he commanded the 65th (2nd Lowland) Division and 63rd (2nd Northumbrian) Division in the Home Forces,[3] and in December 1916 became General Officer Commanding 27th Division on the Western Front and then as part of the British Salonika Army and eventually, after the Armistice of Mudros, at Tiflis in Georgia.[1][4] He retired in 1920 and became Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery in 1931.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1892 he married Lady Mary Maud Diana Liddell, daughter of Henry Liddell, 2nd Earl of Ravensworth.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Peerage.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f George Forestier-Walker
  3. ^ Quarterly Army List for the quarter ending 30th June 1919. London: HMSO. 1919. p. 382. 
  4. ^ Halpern, Paul (2013). The Mediterranean Fleet, 1919–1929. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 21. ISBN 1409482804.