Alexander Nelson (British Army officer)

Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Abercromby Nelson KCB JP (30 June 1814 – 28 September 1893) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Sir Alexander Nelson
Born30 June 1814
Walmer, Kent
Died28 September 1893 (1893-09-29) (aged 79)
Reading, Berkshire
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1835–1883
Commands heldConquest of Sindh
Morant Bay rebellion
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Military careerEdit

Educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Nelson was commissioned into the 40th Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1835.[1] He served in Kandahar and in Afghanistan in 1841 and 1842 and took part in the Battle of Hyderabad in 1843 during the Conquest of Sindh.[1] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General at Portsmouth in 1854 and subsequently became brigade major there before being made Deputy Adjutant-General in Jamaica in 1864.[1] He was responsible for putting down the Morant Bay rebellion there, ordering the trial of George Gordon who was subsequently hanged in 1865.[1] He went on to be Assistant Adjutant-General for Cork district in 1867 and Adjutant-General in Gibraltar in 1873.[1] He became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1879.[2]


In 1846 he married Emma Georgiana Hibbert.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Alexander Nelson". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  2. ^ World Statesmen
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir St. George Foley
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Henry Sarel