General Sir James Willcocks who was to command the Indian Division in World War One


A rather degraded portrait of the general on horseback in dress uniform with tropical dress helmet, 9½ x 7 ins [243 x 170mm]. The photograph is mounted on an old paper album leaf with a slightly larger, faded image by G W Lawrie of D Company, 1st Seaforth Highlanders winning shooting team dated 1910.

General Sir James Willcocks [1857-1926] was the son of an East India Company officer, first commissioned into the 100th Foot in India in 1878 but managing to get himself posted to another regiment to serve in the 2nd Afghan War. He went on to serve in Waziristan 1881, the Sudan 1885, Burma 1886-9 [awarded a D.S.O], Chin Lushai 1889-90, Manipur 1891, before commanding the W African Frontier Force in 1889-90. He was awarded a KCMG in 1900 and is wearing the star of that order in this photgraph. He was to go on to receive GCB, GCMG, KCSI as well.

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