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Frederick Carrington

Major General Sir Frederick Carrington KCB, KCMG (23 August 1844 Cheltenham - 22 March 1913 Cheltenham), was a British soldier and friend of Cecil John Rhodes. He acquired fame by crushing the 1896 Matabele rebellion.

He was educated at Cheltenham College and joined the 24th Regiment of Foot in 1864.

In 1875 he arrived in South Africa, where he raised and commanded the Mounted Infantry in the Griqualand West expedition and the Frontier Light Horse in the Ninth Frontier War in 1877.

He commanded the Transvaal Volunteer Force against Sekhukhune in 1878-79 and the Cape Mounted Riflemen in the Basuto Gun War of 1881. He was severely wounded in this campaign.

In 1885 he accompanied Sir Charles Warren's expedition to Bechuanaland in command of the 2nd Mounted Infantry, which soon became known as 'Carrington's Horse'.

He commanded the Bechuanaland Police beginning in 1888. He was appointed military adviser to the High Commissioner in the First Matabele War. He commanded the British force in the Matabele Rebellion in 1896 and the Rhodesian Field Force during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

He was the father-in-law of World War I fighter ace William Mayes Fry.

Carrington was created a KCMG in 1887 and a KCB in 1897, and retired with the rank of major-general.


"Carrington, Sir Frederick". Standard Encylopaedia of Southern Africa. 3. Nasou Limited. 1971. pp. 105–6. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2.  

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