Major General Robert George Kekewich







CB - 3RD Anglo Burmese and 2ND Boer War, The Relief of Kimberley and Colonel of The Buffs 1909 -14


Army Career

1874 -            Cadet in The Buffs

1875-76        Perak War

1884-85        Major -  Sudan

1888              DAAG then Military Secretary of the C-in-C Madras.

1899              Lt. Col. and in command of The 1st Battalion of the Loyal Regiment (N.Lancs), based at Kimberley Garrison, The Relief of Kimberley.

1900              Colonel -  Battle of Paardeberg.

1902              Battle of Rooiwal – Major.

                       General on half – pay.

1904              Retired as Major General.

1909-14        Colonel of The Buffs.

1914              Recalled for duty to lead The 13th Division of Lord Kitchener’s Army.

1914              Aug – Nov on sick leave and tragically committed suicide.


Robert Kekewich was a friend and witness to the wedding of Robert Baden - Powell



The name KEKEWICH comes from the town in Cheshire KEKEWICK.


The family resided in Cornwall and purchased both Catchfrench and Trehawke Manors in C 1580.


A George, John and Peter KEKEWICH were High Sheriffs of Cornwall.

Robert KEKEWICH is descended from William Kekewich 1736 -99 of Bowden House, his son was Samuel Kekewich 1767-1822 of Peamore House, DCL, High Sheriff of Devon and his son was Samuel Trehawke Kekewich 1796- 1873 DL, JP, MP and High Sheriff of Devon. He had 3 sons.


Trehawke Kekewich 1823- 1909 JP


Sir Arthur Kekewich 1832 – 1907 MA, QC


Sir George William Kekewich 1841-1921 KCB, MP.


The 3 sons of Trehawke were Sir Trehawake Kekewich  1st Baronet

1851-1932 Recorder of Tiverton and Chairman of the Devon Quarter Sessions.


Robert Kekewich  - as above


Lewis Pendarvis Kekewich 1859-1947 JP  whose son Sydney Kekewich 1893- 1980


sold Peamore House





      Kekewich - KILRIE in Elmwood Avenue 1904







Residency in Feltham

      Goldsworthy -  Brook Farm (William Smith Green) 1911