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John Fowler (British Army officer)


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Lieutenant GeneralSir John Sharman Fowler, KCB, KCMG, DSO (29 July 1864 – 20 September 1939) was a British Army engineer officer who specialised on telegraph on signals, and who was later Commander of British Forces in China.[1]

Sir John Fowler
Born (1864-07-29)29 July 1864
Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Died 20 September 1939(1939-09-20) (aged 75)
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1886–1925
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held British Forces in China
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Chitral Expedition
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Relations Sir Alexander Godley(brother-in-law)

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Fowler was born in Navan, County Meath, the second son of Robert Fowler and Letitia Coddington.[2][3] He was educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. His elder sister Louisa married Sir Alexander Godley.[1]

Fowler was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1886.[4] He took part in the Izazai expedition in 1892, was promoted to captain on 24 September 1895, and went to Chitral in the North West Frontier of India in 1896.[4] He also took part in the Tirah Expeditionary Force in the North West Frontier of India in 1897.[4]

Fowler served in the Second Boer War as a member of the South Africa Field Force,[4] and attached to the 2nd Division Telegraph Battalion, and was mentioned in despatches (dated 8 April 1902).[5] Following the end of the war in June 1902, he received a brevet promotion to major in the South African Honours list published on 26 June 1902,[6] and returned home with his division on the SS Britannic from Cape Town to Southampton in October that year.[7] After his return, he was stationed with the 1st Division Telegraph Battalion, at Aldershot.[8]

Fowler also served in the First World War as Director of Army Signals for the British Expeditionary Force.[4] In 1921 he was appointed General Officer Commanding the Straits Settlements and the following year he was appointed Commander of British Forces in China.[9] He retired in 1925.[4]

Fowler was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Corps of Signals from 1923 to 1934.[4]

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