Alexander Telfer-Smollett

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Alexander Telfer-Smollett
Born 12 August 1884
Died 1954
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1904 - 1942
Rank Major-General
Commands held Highland Light Infantry
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Major-General Alexander Patrick Drummond Telfer-Smollett CB CBE DSO MC DL (12 August 1884 – 1954) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Military career[edit]

Telfer-Smollett was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry in 1904.[1] After serving in World War I and ultimately leading his regiment to victory at the Battle of Cambrai in 1918,[2] he was appointed Commanding Officer of the British Troops in Shanghai in 1936.[3] He intervened in the Defense of Sihang Warehouse in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War and facilitated the Chinese withdrawal.[4] He went on to be Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1939 and to serve as a District Commander in the UK during World War II from 1940 until his retirement in 1942.[3]

He lived at Cameron House near Luss in Scotland[5] and in retirement he became Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.[6] He was also Colonel of the Highland Light Infantry.[7]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27665. p. 2245. 8 April 1904. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  2. ^ Proud Heritage
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Zhang, Boting. "Recollections of the 8/13 Battle of Shanghai". Zhuan Ji Wen Xue. Taipei: Academia Sinica, 1965, vol. 41.
  5. ^ Cameron House
  6. ^ Lieutenants and Lord-Lieutenants of Counties (Scotland) 1794-
  7. ^ Highland Light Infantry
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Broadbent
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
John Minshull-Ford