Ernest Macnaghten

Ernest Brander Macnaghten CMG, DSO (1872–1948) was a British Army officer who also served as the chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1930 to 1932.

Brig.-Gen. E.B. Macnaghten
Ernest Brander Macnaghten.jpg
Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council
In office
April 1930 – April 1932
Preceded byHarry Edward Arnhold
Succeeded byA.D. Bell
Personal details
Born(1872-09-11)11 September 1872
Died(1948-11-21)21 November 1948 (aged 76)
ProfessionArmy Officer

Early lifeEdit

Macnaghten was born 11 September 1872 in India, the son of William Hay Macnaghten and Alice Ellen Brander. He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he was awarded the Sword of Honour.[1]

Military careerEdit

Macnaghten was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in November 1894. He served in India (1894–1896), West Africa (1898–1899), South Africa (1900–1902), Somaliland (1903–1904), India (1905–1909), England (1910–1914) and in France during World War I where he was awarded two brevets, CMG, DSO, Croix de Guerre and eight mentions in dispatches. He rose to the rank of Colonel.[2]


Machaghten (right) as Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council talks with Justice Richard Feetham in 1931

After the war, Macnaghten resigned his commission with the honorary rank of Brigadier General.[3]

He joined British American Tobacco in Shanghai, China. From 1930 to 1932 he served as Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council. He was also President of the United Services Association and the St Andrew's Society.[2]

Marriage and childrenEdit

Macnaghten married Yvonne Marie Forrester at Windsor, England on 4 October 1906. They had five children, Susan May, Joan Yvonne Marie, Audrey Clarisse and James Steuart (twins) and Garrelle Renee.[4]

Retirement and deathEdit

Macnaghten retired to his house Haygates in Finchampstead, Berkshire.[5] He died on 21 November 1948 in the same town.[3]


  1. ^ Macnaughten's entry in Men of Shanghai and North China.
  2. ^ a b Macnaghten's entry in Men of Shanghai and North China.
  3. ^ a b "- Person Page 50702". Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ Macnaghten's entry in Men of North China and
  5. ^ Armorial families : a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour (Volume 2), p270

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