Gerald Frederic Trotter














Geralf Frederic Trotter was born 21 July 1871, in London, second son of Major General Sir H Trotter, GCVO (Grenadier Guards, 1864 to 1898; Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment), and the Honourable Ena Gifford. He was educated in HMS Britannia, and joined the Grenadier Guards 1892. He received the Jubilee Medal, 1897, and was promoted Captain in 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902 (severely wounded in March 1900, and had his arm amputated), during the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; during February to May 1900, operations in the Orange Free State, including actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; took part in the operations in the Transvaal and Cape Colony, May 1902; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901], received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and the King's Medal with clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]. He was created an MVO in 1906; was promoted to Major 8 August 1907, and retired 27 July 1912, joining the Reserve of Officers of the Grenadier Guards. He was superintendent of Gymnasia.


On the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, he rejoined the Grenadier Guards as Major, and served with the 1st Battalion in France from 1914 until 1916. In 1915 he was appointed Temporary Lieutenant Colonel in command of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards until 1916, when he was appointed Brigadier General in command of 27 then 51 Brigade, which appointment he held until June 1917. In October 1917, he was appointed Brigadier General on the General Staff to command the British Military Mission (Training) to USA. He was mentioned in Despatches, January and June 1916; created a CMG, 1916, and given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1916; was mentioned in Despatches in January 1917, and June 1917, and created a CB, June 1917, and a CBE, 1919. On 19 December 1918, he was given the honorary rank of Brigadier General.


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