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Arthur Reginald Chater

Arthur Reginald Chater
Born 1896
Died 1979
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1913–1948
Rank Major General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Arthur Reginald Chater CB, CVO, DSO, OBE (1896 – 1979) was an officer in the Royal Marines during World War I, the interwar years, and World War II.

Military career

Chater was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1913 in served in World War I and saw action with the Chatham Battalion of the Royal Marine Brigade at Antwerp in Belgium in 1914.[1] He fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey from 28 April to 12 May 1915, and in March 1918, he participated in the Allied raid on Zeebrugge, Belgium.[1]

After the War he served with the Egyptian Army and the Sudan Camel Corps.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the Sudan Camel Corps in 1927, Commander of military operations in Kordofan in Sudan in 1929 and Senior Royal Marines Officer at the East Indies Station in 1931.[1] He served in World War II as Military-Governor of British Somaliland from 1941, as Commander of the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines from 1943 and as Director of Combined Operations for India and South East Asia from 1944.[1]

He became Commander of the Chatham Group of Royal Marines in 1946 and retired in 1948.[1]

Honours and awards


  1. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35062. p. 671. 31 January 1941. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30807. p. 8588. 19 July 1918. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33722. p. 3629. 2 June 1931. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
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