Lieutenant-General Sir William Forbes Gatacre KCB, DSO (1843-1906) was born near Stirling, and educated at
Royal Military College Sandhurst. He entered the army in 1862 and retired in 1904, after serving in India, including
the Hazara and Chitral Campaigns on the North West Frontier, in Burma and during Kitchener's Sudan Campaign.

During the Anglo-Boer War, he was placed at the head of a division with the rank of lieutenant general. Gatacre
was the commanding general of the Commonwealth forces at the Battle of Stormberg in which 135 men were killed
and 696 captured during an ambush.

Lady Gatacre recounted in
General Gatacre: The story of the life and services of Sir William Forbes Gatacre,
K.C.B., D.S.O. 1843-1906
(London, 1910), how though he drove them hard and expected much from them, Gatacre
was generally well liked by his men and called him "General Backacher."

Gatacre died in Abyssinia in March, 1906 while inspecting the Abyssinian rubber forests for the Kordofan Trading
Company of London.

In this photograph Gatacre wears the Khedive's Sudan Medal but had not yet been issued the Queen's medal for
the same campaign. He must have sat for the photographer quite soon after his return from the Sudan.


Cabinet Photograph
Elliott & Fry - Photographer
55 Baker Street, London, W., England
c. 1899