Ronald Charles

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Sir Ronald Charles
Born 1875
Died 1955 (aged 79 or 80)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 25th Division
Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant-General Sir James Ronald Edmonstone Charles, KCB, CMG, DSO (1875–1955) was a British officer in the Royal Engineers.

Military career[edit]

Charles was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1894.[1] He served in the Second Boer War (1899-1901), was mentioned in despatches (31 March 1900[2]), and received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900.[3] He was part of the Bazar Valley and Mohmand Field Forces in 1908.[1]

He spent most of the First World War in the General Staff until being promoted to command a re-constituted 25th Division in August 1918.[4]

He was appointed Commander of the Waziristan Force in India in 1923 and then became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich in 1924.[1] He was Director of Military Operations and Intelligence at the War Office from 1926 and Master-General of the Ordnance from 1931.[5] He retired in 1934.[1]

His nickname among the troops was 'Don Carlos', deriving from his commanding personality and his height of 6’ 4”.[4] He was also Commandant of the Royal Engineers from 1931 to 1945 and Chief Royal Engineer from 1940 to 1946.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Webb Gillman
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Woolwich
Succeeded by
Hugo de Pree
Preceded by
John Burnett-Stuart
Director of Military Operations and Intelligence
Succeeded by
William Bartholomew
Preceded by
Sir Webb Gillman
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Elles
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Bindon Blood
Chief Royal Engineer
Succeeded by
Sir Guy Williams