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Henry Augustus Smyth

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Buried at  Stone, Buckinghamshire
Rank  General
Parents  William Henry Smyth
Allegiance  British Army
Battles/wars  Crimean War
Service/branch  United Kingdom
Name  Henry Smyth
Years of service  1841–1893
Role  William Henry Smyth's son

Henry Augustus Smyth
Born  25 November 1825 St James's Street, London (1825-11-25)
Died  September 19, 1906, Stone, United Kingdom
Education  Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
Grandparents  Georgina Caroline Pitt Pilkington

Great-grandparents  Laetitia Pilkington
Place of burial  Stone, United Kingdom

General Sir Henry Augustus Smyth (1825–1906) was a senior British Army officer. He was the son of Admiral William Henry Smyth and the brother of astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth and geologist Sir Warington Wilkinson Smyth. Of his sisters, Henrietta married the theologian Baden Powell and Georgiana the anatomist Sir William Henry Flower.


Military career

Born on 25 November 1825 in Westminster and educated at Bedford School, Smyth was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in 1843. He served in the Crimean War and was present at the Siege of Sevastopol. He became commandant of Woolwich garrison and military district in 1882 and General Officer Commanding the troops in South Africa in 1886. In 1888 Smyth mustered an army of 2,000 troops and left for Zululand to put down a rebellion there.

Smyth became acting Governor of Cape Colony as well as acting High Commissioner for Southern Africa in 1889. He became Governor of Malta in 1890 before retiring in 1893.


On 14 April 1874 at Lillington, Warwickshire he married Helen Constance Greaves (1845-1932), daughter of John Whitehead Greaves and sister of John Ernest Greaves. They had no children. Smyth died on 18 September 1906 at Stone, Buckinghamshire, and was buried there.


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