The Gordons

General Sir Charles Whittingham Horseley Douglas GCB

Sir Charles Douglas was Chief of the Imperial General Staff at the beginning of World War 1 but he died in October 1914. In 1900 he had commanded an infantry Brigade in the Kimberley Relief Force. The photo, taken some time after 1902 shows him in the full dress uniform of the Gordon Highlanders.

1850 born on 17th July at the Cape of Good Hope
1869 commissioned into the 92nd in Dec.
1878-80 Afghan War. Mentioned in despatches twice
1880 Kabul to Kandahar
1881 1st Boer War
1884-85 Sudan. Suakin
1885 Egypt. DAA and QMG
1886-91 Adjutant, Volunteers
1893-98 Brigade-Major, Aldershot, and Deputy AAG.
1898-99 AAG Aldershot
1898 ADC to Queen
1899-1900 AAG South Africa
1900 Major-General commanding 9th Brigade
1904-09 Adjutant-General to the Forces
1909-11 GOC Southern Command
1910 Promoted to General
1911-1912 Inspector General Home Forces
1912 25th Jun. Colonel of the Gordon Highlanders
1914 Chief of Imperial General Staff
1914 Died on 25th Oct at Eaton Square, London

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