8 1/8th inches by 10 3/4 inches
(20.7 cm x 27.5 cm)
Battered a bit around the edges almost as if it had been on campaign with the subjects, this large format albumen photographic
print depicts General Sir Cecil James East (seated right) and his staff in India c. 1891 probably while he was in command of the
Secunderabad District. Unfortunately none of the other officers in the photograph are identified and I have been unable to find
any references listing members of his staff at this time.
General Sir Cecil James East KCB was born on 10 July 1837 the son of Charles James East and the former Miss Eliza
Frederica Bowman was commissioned as an ensign by purchase in the 82nd Regiment of Foot in 1854 and fought in the
Crimean War. He also served in the Indian Mutiny and was wounded at Cawnpore though initial reports listed him as having
been killed in action. He transferred to the 41st Regiment of Foot and served as Assistant Quartermaster-General on the
Lushai Expedition in 1871 before being appointed Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General during the Anglo-Zulu War of
1879 where he was present at the Battle of Ulundi (oNdini). He then served as Commander of the 1st Division during the Third
Anglo-Burmese War in 1885. He went on to command several districts in India and became Governor and Commandant of the
Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1893 before retiring in 1903. East was invested as a Knight Commander of the Order of
the Bath on 22 June 1897.
East was twice married first to Miss Jane Catherine Smith in 1863 they had a son and a daughter and secondly in 1875 to a
widow Frances Elizabeth Watts. The second union produced one daughter.
After retirement he resided at Fairhaven near Winchester. He passed away on 14 March 1908 is buried at Kings Worthy in
Hampshire. He is author of a book entitled The Armed Strength of France. He also translated the rather excessively titled
work by German General R. Von Arnim: Extracts from an Infantry Captain’s Journal or the Trial of a Method for Effectively
Training a Company in Skirmishing and Outpost Duty, in a Limited Time, and Under Unfavorable Circumstances.