Arthur Reginald Chater

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Major General A. R. Chater by an unknown artist. Royal Marines Museum.[1]
Arthur Reginald Chater
Born 1896
Died 1979
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.svg Royal Marines
Years of service 1913–1948
Rank Major General
Commands held Chatham Group Royal Marines (1946–48)
Portsmouth Division Royal Marines (1943–44)
Somaliland Camel Corps (1937–40)
Sudan Camel Corps (1927–30)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
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
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de guerre (France)

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

Military career[edit]

Chater was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1913 in served in the First World War and saw action with the Chatham Battalion of the Royal Marine Brigade at Antwerp in Belgium in 1914.[2] 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.[2]

During the inter-war period Chater served with the Egyptian Army and the Sudan Camel Corps.[2] 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.[2] He served in the Second World War 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.[2]

Papers related to his service are held in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, and comprise notes on Operation Lightning for the capture of Akyab Island, Burma, on 3 January 1945; photographs of amphibious landings by 15 Indian Corps at Kangaw, Burma, January 1945; and notes on combined operations training of allied forces for Operation Zipper, the planned invasion of Malaya, August 1945.[3]

He was made a companion of the Distinguished Service Order. He became Commander of the Chatham Group of Royal Marines in 1946 and retired in 1948.[2]


Chater was made a companion of the Order of the Bath, a commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and a member of the Order of the British Empire.[4]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Major General A. R. Chater, CB, CVO, DSO, OBE (1896–1979). Art UK. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Research Guide Far East Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, 2005. p. 3.
  4. ^ Private Papers of Major General A R Chater CB CVO DSO OBE. Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 35062". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 January 1941. p. 671. 
  6. ^ "No. 30807". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 July 1918. p. 8588. 
  7. ^ "No. 33722". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1931. p. 3629.