General Sir Henry Smythe KCB


He was born 5th April 1816 and became an Ensign by purchase in the 68th Foot on 28th June 1833. Obtaining progressive appointments by purchase, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel on 30th December 1853. He exchanged to the 76th Foot on 8th July 1859 and later became Major General, Western District, from 1st February 1874 to 31st March 1877.

He became Colonel of the 2nd Queen’s on 25th March 1877 and was appointed a General on 29th September 1878. He died in command in 1891.

On active service he commanded the 68th Light Infantry throughout the Eastern Campaign of 1854 - 1855 including the battles of Alma and Inkerman (where his horse was killed) and the siege and fall of Sebastapol. Appointed CB and Officer of the Legion of Honour, he was also awarded the appropriate campaign medal with three clasps as well as the Sardinian and Turkish Medals and the 4th Class of the Medjidie.


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