Arthur Power Palmer

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Sir Arthur Power Palmer
Sir Arthur Power Palmer
Born 25 June 1840
Kurubul, India
Died 28 February 1904 (1904-02-29) (aged 63)
London, United Kingdom
Buried Brompton Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Indian Army
Years of service 1857–1902
Rank General
Commands held Indian Army
Battles/wars Tirah Campaign
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

General Sir Arthur Power Palmer GCB GCIE (25 June 1840 – 28 February 1904) was Commander-in-Chief, India between March 1900 and December 1902.

Military career[edit]

Power Palmer was born in June 1840, at Karnaul (Karnal), India, the son of Nicholas Palmer and Rebecca Carter Barrett.[1] Educated at Cheltenham College, he was commissioned into the 5th Bengal Native Infantry in 1857.[2] He took part in subduing the Indian Mutiny in 1857.[2]

In 1880, he was appointed Assistant Adjutant-General in Bengal and in 1885 was Commander of the 9th Bengal Cavalry for the Suakin Expedition.[2] In 1897 he took part in the Tirah Campaign.[2] He was also General Officer Commanding 2nd Division during the action at Chagru Kotal.[2]

In 1898, he became Commander-in-Chief Punjab Command and 19 March 1900 he became Commander-in-Chief, India,[3] a post he held for two years.[2]

He died in London in 1904 and is buried at Brompton Cemetery.[2]



In 1867 he married Julia Helen Aylmer née Harris (1848–1896)[5] who died in October 1896 and is buried at the Old Christian Cemetery, Abbottabad,[6] Pakistan. they had a daughter Norah Blanche Aylmer née Palmer (1872–?) who married Major Gerard Beechey Howard Rice (1865–?); then in 1898 he married Constance Gabrielle Richardson née Shaw (1864–1912), widow of Walter Milton Roberts. He went on to have two more daughters with Constance: Celia de Courcy née Power-Palmer (1902–1973) and Frances Gabrielle née Power-Palmer (c1903–1987).[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Who Was Who 1897–1916 p545
  • Oxford Dictionary of national Biography pp475–6


  1. ^ British Library IOR Ref No. N/1/56f.124, and L/MIL/9/240f.325
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Arthur Power Palmer at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ "No. 27299". The London Gazette. 26 March 1901. p. 2114. 
  4. ^ "No. 27374". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 November 1901. p. 7287. 
  5. ^ British Library IOR Ref No. N/1/121/92
  6. ^ British Library IOR Ref No. N/1/254/225

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Lockhart
Commander-in-Chief, India
Succeeded by
Lord Kitchener