Leslie Rundle

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Sir Leslie Rundle
Leslie Rundle in 1916.jpg
Rundle in 1916
Born(1856-01-06)6 January 1856
Newton Abbot, Devon[1]
Died19 November 1934(1934-11-19) (aged 78)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1876–1916
Commands heldEastern Command
Home Army
Northern Command
5th Division
South-Eastern District
Battles/warsZulu War
First Boer War
Anglo-Egyptian War
Mahdist War
Second Boer War
First World War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Henry Macleod Leslie Rundle, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, DSO (6 January 1856 – 19 November 1934) was a British Army general during the First World War.

Military career[edit]

Born in Newton Abbot, Devon,[2] to Captain Joseph Sparkhall Rundle, a Royal Navy officer, and his wife Renira Cathrine (née Leslie, who was the daughter of Commander W. W. Leslie of the Royal Navy), Leslie Rundle was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1876.[3] He fought in the Zulu War in 1879, the First Boer War of 1881 and the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882.[3] He was involved in the Nile expedition between 1884 and 1885 and served in the Sudan Frontier Field Force from 1885 to 1887.[3] In 1889 he went to the Sudan Frontier, and he was involved in the Khartoum expedition in 1898.[3] He led a column up the Blue Nile to relieve Gedaref that year.[4]

Rundle became General Officer Commanding South-Eastern District on 29 December 1898.[5]

After the escalation of the Second Boer War in late 1899, Rundle was in January 1900 appointed to the command of the 8th Division of the South African Field Force, with the temporary rank of lieutenant general.[6] The appointment was described as "the most remarkable instance of advancement to high military office which has occurred in the recent history of [the] Army" by a contemporary issue of The Times.[7] He left Southampton in the SS Moor in March 1900 with the staff of the 8th division and 600 men of militia regiments,[8] and arrived in Cape Town the following month. He served as commander until early March 1902, when he returned to the United Kingdom on board the SS Carisbrook Castle.[9] He was mentioned in despatches (including by Lord Kitchener on 23 June 1902[10]) and appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for his war-time services (dated 29 November 1900 in the gazette),[11] invested by King Edward VII at St James's Palace on 2 June 1902.[12]

Following his return, he was in May 1902 back as General Officer Commanding South-Eastern District, based in Dover,[5] and was on 14 May 1902 appointed in command of the 5th Division, stationed there.[13]

He became General Officer Commanding North Eastern District in November 1903, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command in 1905 and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta in 1909.[3] He went on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command in 1915 and retired in 1916.[3]


He married in 1887 Eleanor Georgina Campbell, daughter of Captain H. J. M. Campbell, Royal Artillery, but they had no children.[14][15]


  1. ^ Faces & facts
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ Leslie Rundle at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ a b "Army Commands" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ "No. 27156". The London Gazette. 23 January 1900. p. 430.
  7. ^ "The Commander of the Eight Division". The Times (36046). London. 23 January 1900. p. 9.
  8. ^ "The War in South Africa - Embarcation of Troops". The Times (36087). London. 12 March 1900. p. 7.
  9. ^ "The War – return of Officers". The Times (36714). London. 13 March 1902. p. 10.
  10. ^ "No. 27459". The London Gazette. 29 July 1902. pp. 4835–4837.
  11. ^ "No. 27306". The London Gazette. 19 April 1901. p. 2698.
  12. ^ "The King´s Levee and Investiture". The Times (36784). London. 3 June 1902. p. 10.
  13. ^ "No. 27436". The London Gazette. 23 May 1902. p. 3384.
  14. ^ Who´s Who
  15. ^ Obituary: General Sir Leslie Rundle The Argus, 21 November 1934
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Butler
GOC South-Eastern District
Succeeded by
Henry Hallam Parr
Preceded by
Henry Hallam Parr
GOC South-Eastern District
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Edward Browne
GOC North Eastern District
(GOC-in-C Northern Command from 1905)

Succeeded by
Sir Laurence Oliphant
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Grant
Governor of Malta
Succeeded by
Lord Methuen
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Ian Hamilton
Commander-in-Chief, Home Army
Succeeded by
Sir John French
(as C-in-C Home Forces)
Preceded by
Sir Charles Woollcombe
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Sir James Wolfe Murray