Cecil East

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Sir Cecil East
Born (1837-07-10)10 July 1837
Died 14 March 1908(1908-03-14) (aged 70)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1854–1903
Rank General
Commands held Royal Military College Sandhurst
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Anglo-Zulu War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Cecil James East KCB (10 July 1837 – 14 March 1908) was a British Army officer who became Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst.

Military career[edit]

East was commissioned as an ensign in the 82nd Regiment of Foot in 1854 and fought in the Crimean War.[1] He also served in the Indian Mutiny and was wounded at Cawnpore.[1] He transferred to the 41st Regiment of Foot and served as Assistant Quartermaster-General on the Lushai expedition in 1871 before being appointed Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and then becoming Commander of the 1st Division during the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885.[1] He went on to command several districts in India and became Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1893 before retiring in 1903.[1]

In retirement he lived in Fairhaven near Winchester.[1] He is buried at Kings Worthy in Hampshire.[1] He is author of a book entitled The Armed Strength of France.[2]


In 1863 he married Jane Catherine Smith; they had a son and a daughter.[1] Then in 1875 he married Frances Elizabeth Mogg; they had one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Falkner, James; Vibart, H. M. "Cecil East". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32957.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ The Armed Strength of France by Cecil James East, ISBN 978-1-142-15953-5


Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Clive
Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Sir Edwin Markham