BULLER, SIR REDVERS HENRY (1 839—1908), British general, son of James Wentworth Buller, M,P., of Crediton, Devonshire, and the descendant of an old Cornish family, long established in Devonshire, tracing its ‘ancestry in the female line to Edward I., was born in 1839, and educated at Eton. He entered the army in 1858, and served with the 60th (King’s Royal Rifles) in the China campaign of 186o. In 5870 he became captain, and went on thç Red River expedition, where he was first associated with Colonel (afterwards Lord) Wolseley. in 1873—74 he accompanied the latter in the Ashantee campaign as head of the Intelligence Department, and was slightly wounded at the battle of Ordabai; he was mentioned in despatches, made a C.B., and raised to the rank of major. In 1874 he inherited the family estates. In the Kaffir War of x87&~79 and the Zulu War of 1879 he was conspicuous as an intrepid and popular leader, and acquired a reputation for courage and dogged determination. In particular his conduct of the retreat at Inhlobane (March 28, 1879) drew attention to these qualities, and on that occasion he earned the V. C.; he was also~ created C.M.G. and made lieutenant-colonel and A.D.C. to the queens In the Boer War of 1881 he was Sir Evelyn Wood’s chief of staff; and thus added to his experience of South African conditions of warfare.
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