Oswald Borrett

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Oswald Borrett
Born (1878-03-04)4 March 1878
Died 28 July 1950(1950-07-28) (aged 72)
Guildford, Surrey
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1898–1938
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held British Troops in China
7th Indian Infantry Brigade
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
North-West Frontier
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order & Bar

Lieutenant General Sir Oswald Cuthbert Borrett, KCB, CMG, CBE, DSO & Bar (4 March 1878 – 28 July 1950) was a British Army officer who served as Commander of British Troops in China and Lieutenant of the Tower of London.

Early life and family[edit]

Borrett was born in Gibraltar, the fifth son of Major General Herbert Cuthbert Borrett. He was educated at Wellington College and Royal Military College Sandhurst.[1]

In 1903, he married Blanche Mary Murray, daughter of Colonel Alexander Murray.[1] His brother, Harold Giles Borrett, married actress Marie Studholme in 1908.[2]

Military career[edit]

Borrett was commissioned into the King's Own Royal Regiment as a second lieutenant on 7 May 1898.[3] He served in the Second Boer War as a special service officer, was promoted to lieutenant on 5 February 1900,[4] and to captain on 22 January 1902.[5] He then became Adjutant in the Indian Volunteers in 1911.[3]

He also served in the First World War and then went to the North-West Frontier in India in 1920.[3] He became Colonel Commandant of the 7th Indian Infantry Brigade in 1923.[3] He was appointed Commander of British Troops in the Shanghai Area of China in 1927 and Commander of British Troops in China in 1932.[3] He retired in 1938.[3]

During the Second World War he was appointed Inspector of Prisoners.[6]

He also became Lieutenant of the Tower of London in 1936 (until 1939) and Aide-de-camp to the King[3] as well as Colonel of the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) (1926–1945).[3]

He retired to Lowood House in Rockshaw Road in Reigate.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Sir Oswald Borrett". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 29 July 1950. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Marie Studholme Wedded", The New York Times, 12 September 1908, p. 4c
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ "No. 27168". The London Gazette. 23 February 1900. p. 1258. 
  5. ^ "No. 27423". The London Gazette. 8 April 1902. p. 2336. 
  6. ^ Prison Director gives up post Spokane Daily Chronicle, 23 September 1941
  7. ^ Rockshaw Road
Military offices
Preceded by
James Sandilands
Commander of British Troops in China
Succeeded by
Arthur Bartholomew
Preceded by
Archibald Hunter
Colonel of the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Succeeded by
Russell Mortimer Luckock