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Frederick Carrington

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Category: Military
Reference No: 8624
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Frederick Carrington

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British soldier and friend of Cecil Rhodes, who became famous for crushing the 1896 Matabele Rebellion.

Carrington, who joined the 24th Regiment of Foot in 1864, was sent to South Africa in 1875 and began a long series of imperialist actions against indigenous peoples. He raised and commanded the Mounted Infantry in the Griqualand West expedition and the Frontier Light Horse in the Ninth Frontier War in 1877.

Carrington commanded the Transvaal Volunteer Force against Sekhukhune in 1878–1879 and the Cape Mounted Riflemen in the Basuto Gun War of 1881, in which he was seriously wounded.

In 1885 he accompanied Sir Charles Warren's expedition to Bechuanaland in command of the 2nd Mounted Infantry, which soon became known as 'Carrington's Horse'.

Carrington became commander of the Bechuanaland Police in 1888. He also was appointed military adviser to the High Commissioner in the First Matabele War and commanded the British force in the Matabele Rebellion in 1896 and the Rhodesian Field Force during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

This is a fine ink signature, cut from the bottom of a letter, on a piece measuring 4" x 1.75". In very good condition.