Stewart Symes

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Sir George Stewart Symes

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Stewart Symes by Bassano. 12 July 1938
Resident of Aden
In office
Preceded byJohn Henry Keith Stewart
Succeeded byBernard Rawdon Reilly
Governor of Tanganyika
In office
Preceded byDonald Charles Cameron
Succeeded byHarold MacMichael
Governor-General of Sudan
In office
Preceded byJohn Maffey
Succeeded byHubert Huddleston
Personal details
Born29 July 1882
Wateringbury, Kent
Died5 December 1962(1962-12-05) (aged 80)[1]
Folkestone, Kent
Military service
RankLieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Sir George Stewart Symes GBE KCMG DSO (29 July 1882 – 5 December 1962) was a British Army officer and colonial governor.[2]


Symes was born in Kent, the son of Lieutenant Colonel William Alexander Symes of the 71st Highland Light Infantry, and Emily Catherine (née Shore), daughter of Charles Shore, 2nd Baron Teignmouth.

Symes, as resident of Aden
Symes, as governor-general of the Sudan

Symes was commissioned a Second lieutenant in The Hampshire Regiment in August 1900, and served in South Africa during the end of the Second Boer War in 1902, receiving the rank of Lieutenant on 21 April 1902.[3] Later that year he was posted in the Aden Hinterland, where he served 1903-1904. He is said to have been the only British army officer to be awarded a DSO for services in the hinterland.[4]

He was Governor of the Palestine North District from 1920 to 1925, Chief Secretary to the Government of Palestine from 1925 to 1928, Resident of Aden from 1928 to 1931, Governor of Tanganyika from 1931 to 1934 and Governor-General of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan from 1934 to 1940.[5]


  1. ^ "R Stewart Symes: Critical Time in the Sudan". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 7 December 1962. p. 15.
  2. ^ Robertson. J.W. (September 2004). "Symes, Sir (George) Stewart (1882–1962)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  3. ^ "No. 27436". The London Gazette. 23 May 1902. p. 3383.
  4. ^ Lieutenant Colonel Sir (George) Stewart Symes
  5. ^ Long, Charles William Richard (2004). British Pro-consuls in Egypt, 1914-1929: The Challenge of Nationalism. Routledge. p. 215. ISBN 0-415-35033-6.

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