Charles Burnett (British Army officer)

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Sir Charles Burnett
Born 1843
Died 1915
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Eastern District
Western Command
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

General Sir Charles John Burnett (1843–1915) KCB KCVO was a British Army General at the end of the nineteenth century and during the early years of the twentieth century.

Military career[edit]

Burnett was born in Australia.[1] He was commissioned into the 15th Foot in 1861.[2] He participated in the Third Anglo-Ashanti War of 1873 to 1874, then attended and graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He next saw active service in the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878 to 1880.[1]

Burnett became assistant adjutant-general in Bombay in 1880 and commanding officer of the Royal Irish Rifles in 1887.[3] He rose to be assistant adjutant-general at Aldershot in 1893.[4] Promoted to major general in 1895, he became General Officer Commanding the Eastern District in 1896 before being posted to British India in 1898, where he was Commander of the Poona District by 1900.[5] He was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal in the 1900 Birthday Honours. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1905.[1]

During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905, he was the senior British military observer embedded within the Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria from February to September 1905.[1]

He served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command from 1907 to 1910.[6]

He retired in 1910.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kowner, Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War, p. 79.
  2. ^ "No. 22525". The London Gazette. 2 July 1861. p. 2738. 
  3. ^ "No. 28817". The London Gazette. 31 March 1914. p. 2740. 
  4. ^ "No. 26409". The London Gazette. 3 June 1893. p. 3251. 
  5. ^ "No. 27195". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 May 1900. p. 3329. 
  6. ^ "No. 28269". The London Gazette. 9 July 1909. p. 5282. 
Military offices
Preceded by
John Glyn
GOC Eastern District
Succeeded by
Sir William Gatacre
Preceded by
Sir Francis Howard
GOC-in-C Western Command
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Mackinnon


  • Kowner, Rotem (2006). Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War. ISBN 0-8108-4927-5: The Scarecrow Press.