1875 Birthday Honours

The 1875 Birthday Honours were appointments by Queen Victoria to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of the British Empire. The appointments were made to celebrate the official birthday of the Queen, and were published in The London Gazette in May and June 1875.[1][2][3][4]

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

United Kingdom and British Empire


The Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Order of bath star
Civilian star of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)

Royal Navy

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)

Royal Navy

Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)

Royal Navy
  • Lieutenant-General William Raikes Faber, 17th Regiment
  • Lieutenant-General David Pott, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Major-General Charles Lennox Brownlow Maitland
  • Major-General William Charles Forrest
  • Major-General Richard Hamilton, Madras Staff Corps
  • Colonel James Conolly
  • Colonel George Bryan Milman, late 5th Regiment
  • Colonel Henry Le Geyt Bruce, Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
  • Colonel Henry Hastings Affleck Wood, Bombay Staff Corps
  • Colonel Francis Adam Ellis Loch, Bombay Staff Corps
  • Colonel Henry Knightley Burne, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Colonel Charles Terrington Aitchison, Bombay Staff Corps
  • Colonel Mark Walker VC 45th Regiment
  • Colonel Philip Gossett Piara, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel Alexander Abercrombie Nelson, late Depot Battalion
  • Colonel Patrick Robertson-Ross, late Depot Battalion
  • Colonel Henry Lowther Chermside, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel Hugh Rowlands VC 34th Regiment
  • Colonel Frederick Ernest Appleyard, 85th Regiment
  • Colonel Thomas Maunsell, Brigade Depot
  • Colonel Francis Fisher Hamilton, 4th Regiment
  • Colonel the Honourable Ivo de Vesci Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, late 9th Lancers
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Henry Ingilby, Royal Artillery
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Jordan, 41st Regiment
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Ravenhill, Royal Engineers
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Charles John Stanley Gough VC Bengal Cavalry
  • Lieutenant-Colonel George Hutchinson CSI Bengal Staff Corps
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Harry North Dalrymple Prendergast VC Royal (late Madras) Engineers
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Edward Hillman Burnside, late 88th Regiment
  • Lieutenant-Colonel George Murray Miller, 79th Regiment
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick George Pym, Royal Marine Light Infantry

The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

GCMG star
Star of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

  • Sir Henry Thurstan Holland Bt MP formerly Legal Adviser, and subsequently Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
  • Captain George Cumine Strahan RA Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Gold Coast Colony
  • Captain James Graham Goodenough RN, Commodore Commanding Her Majesty's Naval Forces on the Australian Station, lately employed as Commissioner to inquire into the offer of the cession of the Fiji Islands
  • Edgar Leopold Layard, Consul for Her Majesty at the Fiji Islands, lately employed as Commissioner to inquire into the offer of the cession of those Islands, and now acting as Administrator of the Government of the Colony of Fiji
  • William Charles Sargeaunt, Crown Agent for the Colonies
  • Colonel John Dyde, late Colonel-Commandant of Militia in the District of Montreal, in the Dominion of Canada
  • Colonel John Sewell, late Colonel-Commandant of the District of Quebec, in the Dominion of Canada


  1. ^ "No. 24212". The London Gazette. 28 May 1875. p. 2811.
  2. ^ "No. 24213". The London Gazette. 29 May 1875. p. 2851.
  3. ^ "No. 24215". The London Gazette. 4 June 1875. p. 2903.
  4. ^ "No. 8585". The Edinburgh Gazette. 1 June 1875. p. 357.
Edward Southwell Sotheby

Admiral Sir Edward Southwell Sotheby (14 May 1813 – 6 January 1902) was an English naval officer in the Royal Navy.

William Charles Forrest

General William Charles Forrest (1819–1902) was a senior officer in the British Army.

He joined the Army as a cornet in 1836, and was promoted lieutenant in 1839, captain in 1841, major in 48, brevet lt-colonel in 1854, lt-colonel in 1859, colonel in 1860, major-general in 1868, lt-general in 1877 and full general on 1 July 1881. He fought in the Crimean War and took part in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. He was awarded CB in the 1875 Birthday Honours.

He was given the colonelcy of the 8th Hussars from 1880 to 1886 and of the 11th Hussars from 8 February 1886 until his death in 1902.

His memorial in Winchester Cathedral confirms that he fought in the Crimean War and was present at the battles of Balaclava, Sebastopol, Inkerman and Chernaya. It also indicates that he was in the 11th Hussars and the 4th and 7th Dragoon Guards.

He had married Elizabeth Ann Penfold in 1851. She died in 1887 and was buried at Loose parish church, Kent.

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