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Brigadier-General Gerald Frederic Trotter, CB, CMG, CVO, CBE, DSO (21 July 1871 – 14 June 1945) was a British Army officer and courtier.

Gerald Trotter
Born21 July 1871
Died14 June 1945
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1892-1912
Battles/warsSecond Boer War
First World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Dispatches

Trotter was the son of Major-General Sir Henry Trotter and Hon. Eva Gifford, daughter of Robert Gifford, 2nd Baron Gifford. His younger brother was the army officer, Edward Henry Trotter. Trotter was educated at HMS Britannia, but commissioned into the Royal Scots and transferred to the Grenadier Guards in June 1892.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 3 March 1897, and to captain (supernumerary) on 18 November 1899.[2]

He first saw active service in the Second Boer War in South Africa and was severely wounded in March 1900, after which his arm was amputated. Despite his incapacity, he returned to the war and was mentioned in despatches in September 1901. That same month he was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Following the end of the war in June 1902, Trotter received a regular commission as a captain in his regiment in July 1902,[3] and returned to the United Kingdom on board the SS Lake Michigan with a large contingent of men from the guards regiments in October 1902.[4]

Trotter was made Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1906, was promoted to major on 8 August 1907 and retired from the regular army on 27 July 1912, joining the Reserve of Officers of the Grenadier Guards. He rejoined the regiment following the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, and served with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards in France from 1914 until 1916. In 1915 he was appointed temporary lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion until 1916, when he was appointed brigadier general in command of Infantry Brigade, which appointment he held until June 1917. In October 1917, appointed brigadier general on the Imperial General Staff to command the British Military Mission (Training) to the US. Trotter was mentioned in dispatches in January and June 1916 and was created a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1916.[5] He was further mentioned in dispatches in January and June 1917, and was made Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1917.[6] On 19 December 1918, he was given the honorary rank of brigadier general.[7] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the US government in 1919.[8]

Trotter served as Gentleman Usher to George V between 1919 and in 1936, Groom-in-Waiting in 1920 and Extra Equerry to the Prince of Wales in 1925. He was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1926 Birthday Honours.


  1. ^ "No. 26298". The London Gazette. 17 June 1892. p. 3516.
  2. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  3. ^ "No. 27460". The London Gazette. 1 August 1902. p. 4965.
  4. ^ "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36876). London. 18 September 1902. p. 5.
  5. ^ "No. 12947". The Edinburgh Gazette (Supplement). 5 June 1916. p. 986.
  6. ^ "No. 30111". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1917. p. 5455.
  7. ^ Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ "No. 31451". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 July 1919. p. 8939.