Donald Kenneth McLeod

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Donald Kenneth McLeod
Born19 June 1885
Died25 October 1958
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Indian Army
Years of service1904–1942
Service number24126
Commands held4th (Secunderabad) Cavalry Brigade
1st (Risalpur) Cavalry Brigade
Burma Command
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant-General Sir Donald Kenneth McLeod KCIE, CB, DSO, DL (19 June 1885 – 25 October 1958) was a British Indian Army officer.

Military career[edit]

McLeod was commissioned into the Indian Army on 29 November 1904.[1] He earned recognition with his appointment as a companion of the Distinguished Service Order in the 1917 New Year Honours during the First World War.[2]

He became commanding officer Guides Cavalry in India in 1928, commander of the 4th (Secunderabad) Cavalry Brigade in 1933 and commander of the 1st (Risalpur) Cavalry Brigade in 1934.[3] He went on to be Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General, Northern Command, India in 1937 and, having been appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath on 11 May 1937,[4] he became General Officer Commanding Burma Command in January 1939 before retiring in 1942.[3]

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in the 1942 New Year Honours.[5]

He became a Deputy Lieutenant for Inverness-shire in 1955.[6]


  1. ^ "No. 27765". The London Gazette. 17 February 1905. p. 1208.
  2. ^ "No. 29886". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1916. p. 24.
  3. ^ a b "McLeod, Donald Kenneth". Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  4. ^ "No. 34396". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 May 1937. p. 3079.
  5. ^ "No. 35399". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1941. p. 6.
  6. ^ "No. 17301". The Edinburgh Gazette. 24 June 1955. p. 396.


  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.
Military offices
Preceded by
William Twiss
(As GOC Burma Independent District)
GOC Burma Command
Succeeded by