William Gordon Cameron
Sir William Gordon Cameron
|Born||16 October 1827
Kingdom of France
|Died||2 March 1913 (aged 85)
Christchurch, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
|Years of service||1844–1896|
Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements
|Battles/wars||Crimean War (1854-56)
Abyssinian Expedition (1867-68)
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
|Relations||Helen Colebrook Mary Cameron (wife)
Colonel Aylmer Cameron VC (brother)
Military career [ edit ]
William Gordon Cameron was commissioned into the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot in 1844. He transferred to the Grenadier Guards in 1847. In 1854 he was deployed to the Crimean War and took part in the Battle of Alma. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 3rd Regiment of the British German Legion in 1855.
In 1875, he became commander of a brigade at Gibraltar and in 1875 of a brigade at Aldershot. In April 1881 he was appointed General Officer Commanding Northern District. Then in 1884 he became Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements. He governed Hong Kong in a period between April 1887 to October 1887.
He was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 5th (West Middlesex) Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1880.
Family [ edit ]
General Sir William Gordon Cameron was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Gordon Cameron J.P. (1790-1856) and his wife Caroline née Edwards (1801-1872), and the elder brother of Colonel Aylmer Cameron VC, who won the Victoria Cross in 1858 during the Indian Mutiny.
Memory [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- DNW Medal Auction, 30 June 1994. Retrieved 16 February 2020
- "King's Own Museum". Retrieved 16 February 2020.
- Legislative Council Order No.38 Retrieved 16 February 2020
- "No. 24893". The London Gazette. 19 October 1880. p. 5327.
- Cape Colony Administrators
- Obituary of Aylmer Cameron. The Times, 12 June 1909, page 11.
- Walford, Edward. The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
- Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era. Hong Kong University Press. pp. 56–57. ISBN 9789622099449.
|GOC Northern District
|Commander of British Troops in China, Hong Kong
and the Straits Settlements
Sir James Edwards
Acting Administrator William H. Marsh
|Administrator of Hong Kong
Sir William Des Vœux