French was born in Kent in 1852. He had a brief service in the Royal Navy before becoming a cavalry officer. He distinguished himself on the Gordon Relief Expedition and was rapidly promoted.
French became a national hero during the Second Boer War. He won the Battle of Elandslaagte near Ladysmith, escaping on the last train as the siege began.
He commanded the Cavalry Division, winning the Battle of Klip Drift during the march to relieve Kimberley.
In Cape Colony he conducted Counter-insurgency operations. Attained the rank of Field Marshall.
Awards he received: Knight of the Order of St Patrick, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath,
Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.
French died in Kent in !925, aged 72.
Individual image from photographed poster of tobacco and cigarette cards.
- 1st earl of ypres,
- john french,
- second boer war,
- gordon relief expedition,
- battle of klip drift,
- battle of elandslaagte,
- cape colony,
- counter insurgency operations,
- field marshall,
- knight of the order of st patrick,
- knight grand cross of the order of the bath,
- order of merit,
- knight grand cross of the royal victorian order,
- knight commander of the order of st michael and st george