Field Marshal Sir John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP GCB OM GCVO KCMG PC

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Field Marshal Sir John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP GCB OM GCVO KCMG

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ripple, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 22, 1925 (72)
Deal Castle, Deal, Kent, England, United Kingdom (Cancer)
Place of Burial: Ripple, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of CDR John Tracy William French, RN and Margaret French
Husband of Eleanora Anna, Countess of Ypres
Father of John Richard Lowndes French, 2nd Earl of Ypres; Edward Gerald Fleming French and Essex Eleanor French
Brother of Charlotte Despard (French); Mary Lydall; Caroline French; Margaret Jones; Kate French and 1 other

Occupation: Soldier
Managed by: Jake Kingsbury
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About Field Marshal Sir John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP GCB OM GCVO KCMG PC

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Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCMG, ADC, PC (28 September 1852 – 22 May 1925), known as The Viscount French between 1916 and 1922, was an Anglo-Irish officer in the British Army. He distinguished himself commanding the Cavalry Division during the Second Boer War, became Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1912 but resigned over the Curragh Mutiny, and then served as the first Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force for the first two years of World War I before serving as Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces, then becoming Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1918, a position which he held throughout much of the Irish War of Independence.


French joined HMS Britannia 1866 and served for four years in the Navy as Naval Cadet and Midshipman; joined 8th Hussars 1874; Lieut, 19th Hussars 1874, Capt and Adjutant 1880; Adjutant, Northumberland Hussars 1881-84, Maj 1883; served in the Sudan Campaign 1884-85 and took part in the Battles of Abu Klea, Gubat and Metemmeh; Brevet Lt Col 1885; Lt Col Commanding 19th Hussars 1889-93; Assistant Adjutant-General of Cavalry 1893-94; Assistant Adjutant-General Headquarters 1895-97; Col, 1895; Col Commanding Cavalry Brigade South-Eastern District 1897-99; temporary Maj-General 1st Cavalry Brigade Aldershot 1899; Maj-General Commanding Cavalry Division, Natal 1899; served in the South African War; Lieut-General Commanding the Cavalry in South Africa, won the Battle of Elandslaagte 1899, relieved Kimberley 1900, stemmed the invasion of Cape Colony and played ca leading role in Lord Robert's advance from the Orange River; KCB 1900; KCMG 1902; Commander, 1st Army Corps, and General Office Commanding-in-Chief Aldershot 1902-07; GCVO 1905; General 1907; Inspector-General of the Forces 1907-12 and 1914; GCB 1909; ADC General to the King 1911-13; Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1912-14; Field Marshal 1913; OM 1914; Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force in France 1914-15; received a vote of thanks from Parliament and a grant of £50,000 1916; Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief Home Forces 1915-18; Knight of St Patrick 1917; Privy Councillor 1918; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1918-21; Freeman of the City of London with a Sword of Honour 1920; Captain of Deal Castle 1923-25

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Field Marshal Sir John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP GCB OM GCVO KCMG PC's Timeline

1852
September 28, 1852
Ripple, Kent, England, United Kingdom
1881
July 6, 1881
1883
1883
1886
1886
1925
May 22, 1925
Age 72
Deal, Kent, England, United Kingdom
May 27, 1925
Age 72
Ripple, Kent, England, United Kingdom