The Northumberland Fusiliers

Lieut-Colonel C E Keith-Falconer

Cecil Edward Keith-Falconer was born in October 1860, the grandson of the 7th Earl of Kintore. He was commissioned into the Northumberland Fusiliers in Jan 1883. From 1887 to 1889 he was in Australia as ADC to Sir Henry Loch when he was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Victoria. When Loch was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony in 1889 Keith-Falconer went with him, serving as ADC until 1890.

By 1892 he was a captain and passed his Staff College exams with honours. In 1896 he served with the 13th Sudanese Battalion in the Dongola Expedition under Lord Kitchener. He also worked with Hector Macdonald as Brigade-Major at the battles of Abu Hamed, Berber, Atbara and Omdurman. He was mentioned in despatches 3 times, promoted to brevet-major in March 1898 and to brevet Lieut-Colonel 8 months later. His Khedive's medal had 4 clasps. He was killed in the Boer War whilst on a reconnaissance mission near Belmont in Nov 1899.

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