Reginald Pole-Carew (British Army officer)

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Sir Reginald Pole-Carew
Reginald Pole-Carew Vanity Fair 21 February 1901.jpg
Lieutenant-General Sir Reginald Pole-Carew
Born 1 May 1849
Died 19 September 1924
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 8th Division
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
Second Boer War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
"A General Group", Vanity Fair, 29 November 1900, depicting Lord Roberts and his commanders. Standing l-r: Plumer, Hunter, Macdonald, Buller, Baden-Powell, Dundonald, Kitchener, Pole-Carew and Carrington. Seated at right: White and French. Roberts' foot rests on the 8 March print of Kruger

Lieutenant-General Sir Reginald Pole-Carew, KCB, CVO (1 May 1849 – 19 September 1924) was a British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding 8th Division.

Military career[edit]

Pole-Carew was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1869.[1] He served as a staff officer with Lord Roberts in the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1878 and again served with him during the Second Boer War 1899-1902. He was promoted to the substantive rank of colonel on 27 November 1899, and at the same time appointed in command of the 9th Brigade with the local rank of major-general.[2] As such he was in command of the brigade during the Battle of Modder River on 28 November 1899. In February 1900 he was appointed in command of the Guards Brigade,[3] shortly before the Relief of Kimberley. He later commanded the 11th Division of the South Africa Field Force,[4] before becoming General Officer Commanding 8th Division in Southern Ireland in 1903.[5]

Political career[edit]

Pole-Carew was Liberal Unionist Member of Parliament for Bodmin from 1910 to 1916.[6] In 1911, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Cornwall.[7]

He lived at Antony House in Cornwall.


In 1901 he married Beatrice Frances Elizabeth Butler, daughter of James Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde; they had two sons, the elder of whom was John Carew Pole, and two daughters.[8]


  • KCB: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath - 29 November 1900 - in recognition of services in connection with the Campaign in South Africa 1899-1900[9] (Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1887)
  • CVO: Commander of the Royal Victorian Order - 8 March 1901[10]


  1. ^ "no. 23496". The London Gazette. 11 May 1869. p. 2744. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "no. 27156". The London Gazette. 23 January 1900. p. 430. 
  3. ^ "Latest intelligence - The War, Western frontier". The Times (36065). London. 14 February 1900. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Celebrities of the Army
  5. ^ Army Commands
  6. ^ Reginald Pole-Carew They work for you
  7. ^ "no. 28552". The London Gazette. 21 November 1911. p. 8451. 
  8. ^ The
  9. ^ "no. 27306". The London Gazette. 19 April 1901. p. 2695. 
  10. ^ "no. 27292". The London Gazette. 8 March 1901. p. 1648. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Hugh McCalmont
General Officer Commanding the 8th Division
Succeeded by
William Knox
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Grenfell
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
December 19101916
Succeeded by
Charles Hanson