French, Sir John
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French, Sir John

(September 28, 1852, Ripple Vale, Kent – May 21, 1925, Deal), British field marshal and British Army Commander in Chief on the Western Front 1914/1915. French’s early career included the usual colonial postings in Egypt and India. He first gained a reputation as a courageous and energetic officer as commander of a cavalry division in the Boer War (1899–1902). The war led to further key posts, not least owing to the fact that French mixed easily with politicians, especially liberal …

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Bourne, J.M., “French, Sir John”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 27 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0220>
First published online: 2015



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