Born in 1811, Sir Henry Knight Storks was the eldest son of Mr Serjeant
H Storks, who later became a County Court Judge.
After education at Charterhouse he entered the Army as an Ensign
in the 61st Foot on 10th January 1828, and became a Lieutenant on
2nd March 1832. On 23rd March he exchanged to the 14th Foot in which
he became a Captain on 30th October 1835. On 30th May of the following
year he exchanged to the 38th Foot with whom he served in the Ionian
After obtaining his majority on 7th August 1840 he went on half
pay from the Regiment on 23rd May 1845. He was employed as Assistant
Adjutant General at the Cape of Good Hope during the Kaffir War
of 1846 - 47 and was Assistant Military Secretary at Mauritius from
1849 - 1854. He was given an unattached Lieutenant Colonelcy on
15th September 1848 and became Colonel on 28th November 1854.
During the Crimean War he was placed in charge of British establishments
in Turkey and superintended the final withdrawal of the British
from Turkey at the end of the war.
Employment as Secretary for military correspondence at the War Office
from 1857 - 1859 followed.
He was made KCB on 2nd January 1857 and on 2nd February 1859 he
was appointed High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, being the
last man to hold that post. He received the GCMG in 1860 and was
promoted Major General on 12th November 1862.
Following complaints against two Ionian judges, he found it necessary
to reorganise the judicial bench before the British protectorate
ended by treaty on 14th November 1863.
On 1st July 1864 he received the GCB and was made Governor of Malta
on 15th November of the same year. In 1865 he was sent to Jamaica
to enquire into disturbances there, becoming Governor on 12th December
1865 and holding the appointment until 16th July 1866. As a reward
for his services he was made a Privy Councillor. On 19th December
1867 he was appointed Controller- in- Chief and Under- Secretary
at the War Office.
He was appointed Colonel of the 70th Regiment on 10th October 1870
at which time the Regiment was serving in Ireland. There they gained
such a good reputation that many Irishmen enlisted in it.
He was elected MP for Ripon on 15th February 1871 and assisted Cardwell
in the prolonged debates on the abolition of purchase in the Army.
He became Lieutenant General on 25th October of the same year. He
lost his Parliamentary seat at the election of 1874 and died later
in the same year on 6th September.