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Sir Archibald Alison
21 January 1826 – 5 February 1907
Gen. Sir Archibald Alison
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Highland Brigade
British Troops in Egypt
Aldershot Division
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Battle of Tel el-Kebir
Anglo-Ashanti wars
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Archibald Alison, 2nd Baronet GCB (21 January 1826 – 5 February 1907) was a British Army general who achieved high office in the 1880s.

Military career

Born the son of Archibald Alison, the historian, and educated at Glasgow University,[1] Alison was commissioned into the 72nd Regiment of Foot in 1846.[2] He went on to serve at the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War in 1855.[2]

He served as Military Secretary to Sir Colin Campbell during the Indian Mutiny in 1857 and then commanded the Highland Brigade during the Battle of Tel el-Kebir in 1882.[2]

In 1873 Alison was given command of the British brigade in West Africa during the Anglo-Ashanti wars and fought at the Battle of Amoaful.[2]

In late 1882 he was appointed General Officer Commanding British Troops in Egypt and in 1883 he became GOC for Aldershot District. [2]


In 1858 he married Jane Black and together they went on to have two sons and four daughters. [2]



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