Sir Alexander Wilson

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General Wilson

Major-General Sir Alexander Wilson (1858–1937) was a senior British army officer, Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Lieut-Governor of Jersey between the years 1916 and 1920.


Educated at Lancing College,he was gazetted into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1879 and served with the regiment through the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 before being appointed Commandant of Colonial Forces, Western Australia in 1895.

He returned from Australia to fight with his regiment during the Second Boer War and was appointed commander of the 1st Battalion after the Battle of Magersfontein in 1899. He served under Sir John Maxwell in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign (World War I) as General Officer Commanding Indian Expeditionary Force E, Canal Defences and was mentioned in despatches whilst commanding the Suez Canal defences against the Turkish attack through 1915-1916. He was also appointed KCB at around this time.

In later life he became Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was made Lieut-Governor of Jersey.


This article is taken from the Wikipedia biography of Alexander Wilson.

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