Arthur Power Palmer

GeneralSir Arthur Power Palmer, GCB, GCIE (25 June 1840 28 February 1904) was Commander-in-Chief, India between March 1900 and December 1902.

Sir Arthur Power Palmer

Sir Arthur Power Palmer
Born 25 June 1840
Kurubul, India
Died 28 February 1904 (1904-02-29) (aged 63)
London, United Kingdom
Buried
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Indian Army
Years of service 1857–1902
Rank General
Commands held Indian Army
Battles/wars Tirah Campaign
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

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Power Palmer was born in June 1840, at Karnaul (Karnal), India, the son of Nicholas Palmer and Rebecca Carter Barrett.[1] Educated at Cheltenham College, he was commissioned into the 5th Bengal Light Infantry in 1857.[2] He took part in subduing the Indian Mutiny in 1857.[2]

In 1880, he was appointed Assistant Adjutant-General in Bengal and in 1885 was Commander of the 9th Bengal Cavalry for the Suakin Expedition.[2] In 1897 he took part in the Tirah Campaign.[2] He was also General Officer Commanding 2nd Division during the action at Chagru Kotal.[2]

In January 1898, he became Commander-in-Chief Punjab Command,[3] and on 19 March 1900 he became Commander-in-Chief, India after the sudden death of Sir William Lockhart,[4] holding this post for two and a half years.[2]

In a farewell dinner held at Simla in late October 1902, the Viceroy, Lord Curzon said the following about their relationship:[5]

″I believe an impression prevails in outside circles that either the Commander-in-Chief in India leads the viceroy by the nose, or, more rarely, the Viceroy leads the Commander-in-Chief. But there is a third alternative, which, after all, is more likely, and which my experience of two Commanders-in-Chief leads me unhesitatingly to endorse. It is that neither party is ahead of the other, but both are abreast.

I am confident that Sir A. Power Palmer will support me when I say that this has been the happy and unbroken nature of our collaboration.″

(Lord Curzon would later clash with Palmer’s successor, Lord Kitchener, and resign as a result.)

Palmer returned to the United Kingdom in December 1902, and retired from the Army. He died in London in 1904 and is buried at Brompton Cemetery.[2]

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