Charles Macpherson Dobell

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Sir Charles Macpherson Dobell
John Singer Sargent: Sir Charles Macpherson Dobell, Oil on canvas, 1919.
Born(1869-06-22)22 June 1869
Quebec City, Quebec
Died17 October 1954(1954-10-17) (aged 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1890–c.1920
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldEastern Force
Battles/warsSecond Boer War
Boxer Rebellion
First World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Honour (France)

Lieutenant General Sir Charles Macpherson Dobell KCB, CMG, DSO (22 June 1869 – 17 October 1954) was a Canadian soldier who served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers of the British Army.


Born in Quebec City, the son of Richard Reid Dobell, an MP, and a grandson of Senator Sir David Lewis Macpherson, Dobell was educated at the Rev. Canon Von Iffland's Private School, the Quebec High School and Charterhouse School in England. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (college #221) in 1890. He was a lieutenant in the Hazara expedition of 1891 and took part with the International Forces in the occupation of the Island of Crete, where he was promoted to major. He served during the Second Boer War, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. After serving in Nigeria, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He served in China during the Boxer Rebellion. He was gazetted as Inspector-General of the West African Field Force, with the rank of brigadier general.

During the First World War, he fought in the Kamerun campaign and was later promoted to lieutenant general. He served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign under General Sir Archibald Murray, but they were both replaced in 1917.

In the 1915 New Year Honours, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. He was also made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.



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