Frederick Forestier-Walker

General Sir Frederick William Edward Forestier-Walker, GCMG, KCB (17 April 1844 – 30 August 1910) was a British senior military officer and Governor of Gibraltar.

Sir Frederick Forestier-Walker
Caricature of General Sir Frederick Forestier-Walker, Vanity Fair, December 1902
Born(1844-04-14)14 April 1844
Bushey, Hertfordshire
Died30 August 1910(1910-08-30) (aged 66)
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1862–1910
Commands heldCape Colony
Western District
British Troops in Egypt
Battles/warsCape Frontier Wars
Anglo-Zulu War
Second Boer War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches

Military career

Forestier-Walker was the eldest son of General Sir Edward Forestier-Walker (previously Walker), by his first wife, Lady Jane Ogilvy-Grant, daughter of the 6th Earl of Seafield. Educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Forestier-Walker was commissioned into the Scots Guards as ensign and lieutenant, by purchase, on 5 September 1862,[1][2] and was appointed a lieutenant and captain, by purchase, on 11 July 1865.[3]

In 1873 he was appointed Military Secretary to the General Officer Commanding Cape Colony and 15 October 1878 was promoted colonel.[4] Forestier-Walker saw action in the Cape Frontier Wars, for which he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in November 1878,[5] and in the Anglo-Zulu War.[2] He was promoted to captain and lieutenant colonel of the Scots Guards 20 March 1880.[6] In 1882 he was appointed Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General[7] for the Home District but shortly after returned to South Africa.[2] From 1884 he served in Bechuanaland, and in January 1886, for services in that protectorate, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.[8]

He was appointed a brigadier at Aldershot in 1889 and Commander of British Troops in Egypt in 1890, during which he was knighted and promoted to a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.[9] Upon returning from Egypt in 1895, he was appointed General Officer Commanding Western District, serving until 1890.[2]

In 1899 he again returned to Africa, becoming GOC Cape Colony and acting as lieutenant general in command of Lines of Communication, South Africa Field Force, 1899–1901. He was thus responsible for disembarkation of troops and military stores and sending them to the front. In a despatch dated 31 March 1900, the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, Lord Roberts, wrote how Forestier-Walker carried out his duties "with credit to himself and with advantage to the public service".[10] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in November 1900 for his services in South Africa.[11] Following the end of the war, Forestier-Walker was promoted to the rank of general on 6 July 1902.[12]

He was Governor of Gibraltar from 1905 until shortly before his death in 1910, and also acted as General Officer Commanding Mediterranean in 1909.[13]

In retirement, he became a Director of the Cold Storage Company.[14]

He was a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John from 1901.[15]


In 1887 he married Mabel Louisa Ross and they had one son.[2]


  1. "No. 27659". The London Gazette. 5 September 1862. p. 4372.
  2. "Frederick Forestier-Walker." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]
  3. "No. 22990". The London Gazette. 11 July 1865. p. 3486.
  4. "No. 24668". The London Gazette. 14 January 1879. p. 172.
  5. "No. 27650". The London Gazette. 28 November 1878. p. 66838.
  6. "No. 24832". The London Gazette. 9 April 1880. p. 2439.
  7. "No. 25140". The London Gazette. 22 August 1882. p. 3919.
  8. "No. 25554". The London Gazette. 29 January 1886. p. 440.
  9. "No. 26516". The London Gazette. 26 May 1894. p. 3116.
  10. "No. 27282". The London Gazette. 8 February 1901. p. 845.
  11. "No. 27306". The London Gazette. 19 April 1901. p. 2698.
  12. "No. 27460". The London Gazette. 1 August 1902. p. 4970.
  13. Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008
  14. Army Estimates Hansard, 4 August 1902
  15. "No. 27293". The London Gazette. 12 March 1901. p. 1763.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Harrison
GOC Western District
Succeeded by
Sir William Butler
Preceded by
Somerset M. Wiseman Clarke
Colonel of the King's Own Scottish Borderers
Succeeded by
Charles Louis Woollcombe
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir George Stuart White
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Hunter
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