Arthur Reginald Chater
|Arthur Reginald Chater|
|Years of service||1913–1948|
|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)
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. 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.
After thewWar he served with the Egyptian Army and the Sudan Camel Corps. 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. 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.
He became Commander of the Chatham Group of Royal Marines in 1946 and retired in 1948.
Honours and awards
- Companion of the Order of the Bath – January 1941
- Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
- Distinguished Service Order – July 1918
- Officer of the Order of the British Empire – June 1931