Edmund Hakewill-Smith

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Sir Edmund Hakewill-Smith
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1915 – 1949
Rank Major-General
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards

Major-General Sir Edmund Hakewill-Smith KCVO, CB, CBE, MC (17 March 1896 – 15 April 1986) was a South African-born British General.

Early life[edit]

Hakewill-Smith was born in Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa, on 17 March 1896, he was educated at the Diocesan College ("Bishops") in Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa and at the RMC Sandhurst.

Military career[edit]

Hakewill-Smith was commissioned in to the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1915 and served in France during the Great War.[1] After serving with the British Military Mission to South Russia, he also acted as Aide-de-Camp to Lawrence Dundas, 2nd Marquess of Zetland (Governor of Bengal, India).[1]

Hakewill-Smith initially served as officer-commanding the 5th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, during the early days of the Second World War.[1] Hakewill-Smith also served as the officer-commanding the 4/5th battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.[1] Promoted to temporary brigadier, he then commanded the 157th and 155th Infantry Brigades, before taking over command of the 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division.[1] Hakewill-Smith commanded the 52nd division during the campaign in North-West Europe.[1] After the War he commanded the Lowland District in Scotland before serving as President of the Military Court for War Crimes Trial of Field Marshal Albert Kesselring.[2] He retired in 1949.[1]

Hakewill-Smith was awarded the CB (1944) and CBE (1945), and also served as the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Scots Fusiliers (1946–1957).[1] In addition, he served at Windsor Castle as a Military Knight of Windsor, later being appointed Lieutenant Governor of the castle (1964–1972) and was created a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1967.[1] He died in 1986.[1]

References[edit]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Trenchard
Honorary Colonel of the Royal Scots Fusiliers
1946-1957
Succeeded by
Unknown