Cecil East

Sir Cecil East
Born (1837-07-10)10 July 1837
Died 14 March 1908(1908-03-14) (aged 70)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1854–1903
Rank General
Commands held Royal Military College Sandhurst
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Anglo-Zulu War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Cecil James East KCB (10 July 1837 14 March 1908) was a British Army officer who became Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst.

Military career

East was commissioned as an ensign in the 82nd Regiment of Foot in 1854 and fought in the Crimean War.[1] He also served in the Indian Mutiny and was wounded at Cawnpore.[1] He transferred to the 41st Regiment of Foot and served as Assistant Quartermaster-General on the Lushai expedition in 1871 before being appointed Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and then becoming Commander of the 1st Division during the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885.[1] He went on to command several districts in India and became Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1893 before retiring in 1903.[1]

In retirement he lived in Fairhaven near Winchester.[1] He is buried at Kings Worthy in Hampshire.[1] He is author of a book entitled The Armed Strength of France.[2]


In 1863 he married Jane Catherine Smith; they had a son and a daughter.[1] Then in 1875 he married Frances Elizabeth Mogg; they had one daughter.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Falkner, James; Vibart, H. M. "Cecil East". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32957. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. The Armed Strength of France by Cecil James East, ISBN 978-1-142-15953-5


Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Clive
Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Sir Edwin Markham
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