19 – Sir Henry Torrens

Lieutenant General Sir Henry Torrens
1823 – 1890

Governor of Malta 1888-1890

Lieut.-General Sir Henry D’Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG (24 February 1823 – 1 December 1890) was a British army officer and colonial governor.

A career soldier, Sir Henry was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 23rd Foot, Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1849. His rise through the ranks was very rapid, reaching the rank of Colonel in 1864, Major General in 1869 and finally Lieutenant-General in 1884; when he was appointed to command British troops in South Africa.

He served in the Crimean War at the major battles, followed by service in India during the Mutiny.

He was only 52 when he arrived in Cape Town, his exceptional ability reflected in the high rank he held at a comparatively early age.

Sir Henry’s final posting was as Governor and Commander-in-Chief Malta. He arrived in Malta on the 28th September 1888.

Torrens was Governor of Cape Colony from 1886-1888.

Torrens was Governor of Malta from 1888-1890.

Torrens died 1 December 1890 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.


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