Edward Selby Smyth
|Sir Edward Selby Smyth|
31 March 1819|
|Died||22 September 1896
|Commands held||General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George|
Educated at Putney College in Surrey, Smyth was commissioned in to the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment in 1841. He went straight to India only returning with his Regiment to England as Adjutant of his Battalion in 1846. He went to South Africa in 1851 to protect the administration of the Orange River Sovereignty from attack by the Basotho and Khoikhoi people.
In 1861 he was appointed Inspector-General of the Militia in Ireland and was involved in suppressing the early stages of the Fenian Rising. He was appointed General Officer Commanding British Troops in Mauritius in 1870.
Held by Commander-in-Chief, North America
|General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada