John Elkington (British Army officer)

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John Elkington
John Elkington
Born 1830
Died 21 February 1889 (aged 58–59)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service c.1848 - 1889
Rank Lieutenant General
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General John Henry Ford Elkington CB (1830 – 21 February 1889) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Military career[edit]

Elkington became a lieutenant with the 6th Regiment of Foot in 1849.[1] He served with his Regiment during the 7th and 8th Xhosa Wars.[2] He was appointed Assistant Quartermaster-General to the Ottoman Contingent during the Crimean War and then became Aide-de-Camp to Sir John Michel during the Indian Mutiny.[2] He continued to serve as Aide-de-Camp to Michel during the Second Opium War.[2] In 1880 he became Deputy Adjutant-General for the Auxiliary Forces at Army Headquarters.[3]

He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1885 and died in office in 1889.[4] He was also Honorary Colonel of the Fortress and Railway Forces.[5]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20962. p. 1038. 30 March 1849. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  2. ^ a b c Hart's Army List 1880
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24838. p. 2727. 27 April 1880. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  4. ^ World Statesmen
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25812. p. 2471. 1 May 1888. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
Government offices
Preceded by
Henry Sarel
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Bulwer