Sad news has reached the island that Jersey’s former Lieutenant Governor, Major General Sir Alexander Rochfort, has died unexpectedly in London. The 66-year-old, who only left the post some eight weeks ago, was apparently found dead at his chambers in Piccadilly.
Prior to his appointment in June 1910, Rochfort had enjoyed a distinguished military career. He first joined the army in 1871, being commissioned into the Royal Artillery. He went on to serve in India as aide de camp to Viceroy, to take part in the 1885 Sudan Campaign and fight in the South African War between 1899 and 1902. Before becoming Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor, Rochfort held the appointment of Inspector, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. While in Jersey, he was credited with raising the standard of the Militia through improved training and drill.
Rochfort endeared himself to islanders during his time in office, being regarded as a fair man with a genial nature. His keen interest in farming helped build a strong bond with the agricultural industry, towards which he showed considerable support.
The States have paid a warm tribute to the former Lieutenant Governor.
A/L1/7 contains a photographic portrait of Major General Sir Alexander Nelson Rochfort KCB.