Alexander Hamilton-Gordon (1859 - 1939)

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Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon KCB (6 July 1859 – 13 February 1939) was a British general during World War I.


Military career


Hamilton-Gordon was one of ten children of General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon, K.C.B. and Caroline Herschel. His grandfather was George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1852 until 1855.


Educated at Winchester College, Hamilton-Gordon was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1880. His first military service was in the Second Afghan War in 1880. Hamilton-Gordon later served in the Boer War taking part in actions at Ladysmith, Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz and Tugela Heights. He became Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for Intelligence in South Africa in 1901. He then became an Instructor at the School of Gunnery before moving on to hold various staff officer positions.


In 1910, he took a posting as Director of Military Operations in India, where he served until 1914, when he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Aldershot Command. In 1916, he was given command of IX Corps, serving at the Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of the Aisne. He was relieved in 1918 and retired in 1920.


He died in 1939.


Family


In 1888, he married Isabel Newmarch, with whom he had three children.

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