Albemarle Cator

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Albemarle Cator
Born (1877-04-12)12 April 1877
Died 18 November 1932(1932-11-18) (aged 55)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1897–1932
Rank Major General
Commands held London District
Scots Guards
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

Major General Albemarle Bertie Edward Cator, CB, DSO (12 April 1877 – 18 November 1932) was a senior British Army officer who served as General Officer Commanding London District and Major-General Commanding the Brigade of Guards.

Military career[edit]

Cator was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Scots Guards on 9 June 1897, and was promoted to lieutenant on 17 May 1899.[1] He served with the 1st battalion of his regiment in South Africa during the Second Boer War, and was present at the battles of Belmont, Modder River, and Magersfontein in 1899. The following year, he took part in the march to Bloemfontein and Pretoria, the battles of Diamond Hill and Belfast , and advance to Komatipoort.[2] Following the end of the war in late May 1902, Cator returned home with his regiment in the SS Tagus, which arrived in Southampton in July.[3]

He later served in the First World War, taking part in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.[4] He became Commander of Lucknow District in India in 1927 before becoming General Officer Commanding London District and Major-General Commanding the Brigade of Guards in April 1932.[5][6]

He lived at Trewsbury near Cirencester and died in a hunting accident in November 1932.[7]


Cator's grandfather, John Barwell Cator, inherited the estates of his uncle John Cator, an MP, landowner and property developer.[8]

In 1903 Albemarle Cator married Violet Eveleen Sutton; they had one son.[7] Following the dissolution of his first marriage, he married Eleanor Gertrude Atherley (née Lumsden) in 1920.[7]


  1. ^ Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Hart's army list, 1903
  3. ^ "The Army in South Africa – Troops returning Home". The Times (36812). London. 5 July 1902. p. 8. 
  4. ^ General's death in hunting field The Advocate, 21 November 1932
  5. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Armorial families: a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (Volume 1), p.87
  7. ^ a b c Conqueror 194
  8. ^ Manning, Patricia (2002). The Cators of Beckenham and Woodbastwick (PDF). AuthorsOnline. ISBN 0 7552 0043 8. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Corkran
GOC London District
April 1932 – November 1932
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Grant