George Greaves (British Army officer)

General Sir George Richards Greaves GCB KCMG (9 November 1831 – 11 April 1922) was a British Army officer.

Sir George Greaves
Sir George Greaves
Born9 November 1831
Windermere, Westmorland
Died11 April 1922 (1922-04-12) (aged 90)
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1849–1893
Commands heldBombay Army
Battles/warsIndian Mutiny
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Suakin Expedition
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Military career

Greaves was commissioned in November 1849.[1] He served in the response to the Indian Rebellion of 1857 before becoming Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General for the Eusufzye Expedition in 1858 and Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General in New Zealand in 1862.[1] He went on to be Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Headquarters in 1870, Chief of Staff for the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1873 and then became Chief of Staff and Chief Secretary to Government of Cyprus in 1878.[2] After that he was appointed Assistant Adjutant General at Headquarters in 1874, Administrator of Cyprus in 1879 and Adjutant-General, India later that year.[2] He then commanded a Division in the Bengal Army from 1885 before serving as Chief of Staff for the Second Suakin Expedition in 1885 and Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army from 1891.[1] He retired in March 1893.[2]


In 1859 Greaves married Ellen Hutchison; following the death of his first wife, he married Julia Rose Venour (née Morris) in 1908.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Lumsden
Adjutant-General, India
Succeeded by
Thomas Baker
Preceded by
The Duke of Connaught
C-in-C, Bombay Army
Succeeded by
Sir John Hudson
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