Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton (1851-1947)
Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton GCB GCMG DSO TD (16th January 1851
– 12th October 1947) was a general in the British Army, most
notably known for commanding the ill-fated Mediterranean Expeditionary
Force during the Battle of Gallipoli.
military career began in 1871 and he served in India and Africa. In
South Africa he led the 7th Brigade, as an acting Major-General, in
a most successful action at Elandslaagte. He was recommended a VC,
but this time was seen as too senior for the award, however, luck
was on his side politically, for first Roberts and then Kitchener
took up a command in the field. As the war dragged on, Hamilton was
made Kitchener's Chief of Staff after commanding various units up
to a Division. He was knighted in 1902.
Hamilton to command the Allied expedition to gain control of the Dardanelles
straits from Turkey and capture Istanbul.