The Gordons

General Sir James A L Haldane GCMG KCB DSO

Sir James Aylmer Lowthorpe Haldane was an Army Corps commander in the First World War. He was born in 1862 and came from Gleneagles. He entered the Gordon Highlanders at the age of 20 and served in Waziristan, Chitral and the Tirah.

In the Boer War he was captured and imprisoned in Pretoria with Winston Churchill. He organised Churchill's escape and later managed to escape himself.

1862 born on 17th Nov
1882 Entered 1st Battalion Gordons
1886 18th Feb. Lieutenant
1896 13th Aug. Captain
1898 ADC to the Commander-in-Chief East Indies
1904 Attache to the Japanese Army
1910 In Command of 19th Infantry Brigade
1914 GOC 3rd Division
1914 BEF 6th Army Corps
1920 - 22 GOC Mesopotamia
1925 Retired
1950 19th April died in London.

The picture of him as a Captain in the Gordons below was taken in Simla probably in the late 1890s just before he undertook this voyage.

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