Leslie Rundle

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Sir Leslie Rundle
Leslie Rundle in 1916.jpg
Rundle in 1916
Born 6 January 1856
Newton Abbot, Devon[1]
Died 19 November 1934
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 5th Division
Northern Command
Eastern Command
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Henry Macleod Leslie Rundle GCB GCMG GCVO DSO (6 January 1856 – 19 November 1934) was a British Army General during World War I.

Military career[edit]

Born in Newton Abbot, Devon,[2] to Captain Joseph Sparkhall Rundle, Royal Navy and his wife Renira Cathrine (née Leslie, who was daughter of Commander W. W. Leslie of the Royal Navy), Leslie Rundle was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1876.[3] He fought in the Zulu War in 1879, the First Boer War of 1881 and the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882.[3] He was involved in the Nile expedition between 1884 and 1885 and served in the Sudan Frontier Field Force from 1885 to 1887.[3] In 1889 he went to the Sudan Frontier, and he was involved in the Khartoum expedition in 1898.[3] He led a column up the Blue Nile to relieve Gedaref that year.[4]

Rundle was appointed Deputy Adjutant General in 1899 and was appointed to the position of Divisional Commander at Aldershot in 1900.[3] The Second Boer War started in late 1899, however, and Rundle was in January 1900 appointed to the command of the 8th Division of the South African Field Force, with the temporary rank of Lieutenant-general.[5] The appointment was described as the most remarkable instance of advancement to high military office which has occurred in the recent history of [the] Army by contemporary sources.[6] He served as commander until early March 1902, when he returned to the United Kingdom on board SS Carisbrook Castle.[7] He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for his war-time services (dated 29 November 1900 in the gazette[8]), and was invested in 1902.

Following his return, he went on to command 5th Division from 1902.[9]

He became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command in 1905 and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta in 1909.[3] He went on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command in 1915 and retired in 1916.[3]


He married in 1887 Eleanor Georgina Campbell, daughter of Captain H. J. M. Campbell, Royal Artillery, but they had no children.[10][11]


  1. ^ Faces & facts
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ Leslie Rundle at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27156. p. 430. 23 January 1900.
  6. ^ "The Commander of the Eight Division" The Times (London). Tuesday, 23 January 1900. (36046), p. 9.
  7. ^ "Tha War - return of Officers" The Times (London). Thursday, 13 March 1902. (36714), p. 10.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27306. p. 2698. 19 April 1901.
  9. ^ Army Commands
  10. ^ Who´s Who
  11. ^ Obituary: General Sir Leslie Rundle The Argus, 21 November 1934
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
GOC-in-C Northern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Laurence Oliphant
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Grant
Governor of Malta
Succeeded by
Lord Methuen
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Woollcombe
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Sir James Wolfe-Murray