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Major-General William Arbuthnot CB (27 September 1838 - 12 September 1893), was a British military cavalry officer serving in many of Great Britain's colonial wars in Africa during the late 19th century, most notably as Aide de Camp to Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala during the Abyssinia Campaign.
|Years of service||1856-1893|
|Relations|| Son of Archibald Francis Arbuthnot|
Father of Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot
The eldest son of Archibald Francis Arbuthnot (who in turn, was the son of Sir William Arbuthnot, 1st Baronet), he was educated at Eton before enlisting in the Army Rifle Brigade in 1856 serving during the Indian Mutiny during the next two years.
He married first the Hon. Alice Charlotte Pitt-Rivers (born 27 December 1841, fourth daughter of the George Pitt-Rivers, 4th Baron Rivers on 26 April 1865; she was killed by lightning during her wedding tour on 21 June of the same year.
Career and later years
Commander of the 14th Hussars during the Boer War, the Cavalry of Army Occupation in Egypt between 1882/83 and a Deputy-Adjutant and Quartermaster-General in the Soudan War of 1885, he later became Assistant Adjutant-General of the Horse Guards from 1885 to 1892, becoming Major General of the 14th Hussars shortly before his death in 1893.
|Offspring of William Arbuthnot and Selina Moncreiffe (1851-1877)|
|Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot||19 December 1872 Kensington, Greater London, England, United Kingdom||25 September 1916 Ginchy, France|| Mary Johanna Antoinette Dulcie Oppenheim (1868-1945)|
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