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Uchiyama Kojirō
General Uchiyama Kojirō
Native name 内山小二郎
Born (1859-11-14)14 November 1859
Died 14 February 1945(1945-02-14) (aged 85)
Place of birth Edo, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1879 - 1923
Rank General

Baron Uchiyama Kojirō (内山小二郎?, 14 November 1859 – 14 February 1945) was a general in the early Imperial Japanese Army. [1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Uchiyama was born in Edo [1] as the second son to a samurai family in the service of Tottori Domain. He was to the Imperial Japanese Army Cadet School in June 1875, and entered the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in May 1877. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the artillery of the fledgling Imperial Japanese Army in December 1879. In 1886, he graduated from the Army Staff College and was promoted to captain. In 1888, he became commandant of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy and in 1890 served on the staff of the IJA 6th Division. In September 1893 he was promoted to major, and the following year was assigned to the staff of the IJA 1st Division. He was with the IJA 1st Division in the First Sino-Japanese War, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel of artillery in 1894. He became chief-of-staff of the IJA 1st Division in February 1895; however, he returned to Japan in May and was sent as a military attaché to Russia in December of the same year. In October 1897, he was promoted to colonel and transferred as a military attaché to France.

In January 1901, Uchiyama became commander of the IJA 15th Field Artillery Regiment, and was promoted to major general in June of the same year. During the Russo-Japanese War he commanded the IJA 1st Field Artillery Brigade, and from February 1905 was a staff officer with the IJA 5th Army. After the end of the war, he returned to Russia once again as a military attaché. In 1907, he was promoted to lieutenant general and commandant of Yura Fortress and from 1908 was commandant of Tokyo Bay Fortress. He subsequently commanded the IJA 15th Infantry Division in 1909 and the IJA 12th Infantry Division in 1912. From 1913, he became an Aide-de-camp to the Emperor of Japan and was promoted to general in 1915. In November 1921, Uchiyama was ennobled with the title of baron (danshaku) under the kazoku peerage system. He entered the reserves in 1923 and retired in 1929.

In the course of his career, Uchiyama was awarded the Order of the Golden Kite, 4th class, 2nd class and 1st class, as well as the Order of the Paulownia Flowers

References[edit | edit source]

  • Kowner, Rotem (2006). Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War. ISBN 0-8108-4927-5: The Scarecrow Press. 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kowner, Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War, p. 401.

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