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Major-General William Frederick Cavaye (February 15, 1845 – January 30, 1926) was a British military officer and Municipal Reform Party politician.

He was the eldest son of General William Cavaye and his wife Isabella née Hutchinson, and was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Following schooling at Edinburgh Academy and in Charlton he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[1]

In 1865 he was commissioned as an ensign in the 107th Regiment of Foot.[2] He rose through the ranks to become a major in 1881, having served with distinction in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The 107th Foot became the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment under the Childers reforms of 1881: Cavaye became the battalion's commanding officer with the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1883.

Cavaye was further promoted, becoming Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of Staff of the Southern District with the rank of Colonel. He served in the Second Boer War of 1899 – 1902, and was mentioned in dispatches.[1]

In 1906 he began his involvement in local government, when he was elected to Kensington Borough Council, in the County of London. He was one of nine councillors for the Brompton ward of the royal borough, all members of the Conservative-backed Municipal Reform Party.[3] He was mayor of the borough for two consecutive terms in 1907 – 1909.[1][4][5] He remained a member of the borough council until his death, latterly as an alderman.[1]

In 1910 he was elected to the London County Council as a Municipal Reform councillor for South Kensington.[6] He held the seat for fifteen years before retiring from the LCC at the 1925 election due to ill-health.[1]

In the meantime he had returned to active service. He was appointed commanding officer of the 2nd East Anglian Division in November 1914 with the rank of brigadier-general.[7] The division did not serve abroad, but Cavaye subsequently served on "special service" with the British Expeditionary Force in France from 1917 – 1919, and was raised to the rank of major-general.[1] From 1919 – 1920 he was a KIng's Messenger.[1]

In 1862 Cavaye married Ada Mary Barttelot, youngest daughter of Walter Barttelot, member of parliament for West Sussex.[1]

He died at his London home, 6 Neville Terrace, SW7, on January 30, 1926. He was buried, following a military funeral, at Stopham, Sussex. In 1937 two Kensington streets, Chelsea Grove and Clifton Place, were combined into a single thoroughfare named "Cavaye Place" in honour of the general.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Major-General W. F. Cavaye", The Times: 17, February 1, 1926  
  2. ^ Hart's Annual Army List, 1873 edition
  3. ^ "London Borough Council Elections", The Times, November 3, 1906  
  4. ^ "Election of Mayors", The Times: 12, November 11, 1907  
  5. ^ "Election of Mayors", The Times: 8, November 10, 1908  
  6. ^ "London County Council Election", The Times: 7, March 7, 1910  
  7. ^ Rinaldi, Richard A. (2008), Order of Battle of the British Army 1914, Ravi Rikhye, ISBN 0977607283  
  8. ^ "Little Chelsea in Kensington", Survey of London: volume 41: Brompton (British History Online), 1983,, retrieved 31 December 2008  


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