Sir Archibald Hunter (1856 - 1936) was a General in the British Army
who distinguished himself during the Boer War. He was Governor of Omdurman,
in Sudan, and later of Gibraltar. Between 1899 and 1901, Hunter served
as the Divisions Commander in the Second Boer War. He was promoted again
to Lieutenant-General in 1900.
Joined 4 King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt 1874
of Dongola Province and Commandant Frontier Field Force 1895-1899
of Omdurman, Sudan 1899
Gen on staff and Commander, 10 Div, South African War 1900-1901
Army Corps, India 1904-1907
Army, Indian Army 1907-1909
and Commander-in-Chief Gibraltar 1910-1913
Officer Commanding 13 (Western) Div 1914
War I 1914-1918; Commander, 3 Army 1914
1918; MP (Coalition Unionist), Lancaster 1918-1922
from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
SIR A. HUNTER,
of the staff in Natal, has been second in command in Ladysmith during
its investment. He entered the King's Own Rifles in 1874, but it was
not until 1885 that he obtained prominence as a soldier of exceptional
ability. In Egypt, serving under General Grenfell, and later under Lord
Kitchener, his bravery and cool determinate power as a leader of men
first earned for him the reputation he has since enjoyed. He was promoted
to the rank of Major-General in 1896, and in 1899 to the Governorship
When General White was ordered to Natal in the autumn of last year,
his first request was that General Hunter might accompany him as Chief
of Staff—a by no means slight testimony to his ability. In that
capacity the public have for four months had repeated opportunities
of judging his powers, notably on December 9th, when he was sent out
with 600 Natal Volunteers and Imperial Light Horse to surprise Gun Hill.
The position was captured, two large guns were destroyed and a Maxim
seized and brought to Ladysmith, our casualties being but two in number.