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Sir Leicester Smyth
25 October 1829 – 27 January 1891
Place of death London, United Kingdom
Resting place Gopsall, Leicestershire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Lieutenant General Sir Leicester Smyth (formerly Curzon-Howe) KCB KCMG (25 October 1829 - 27 January 1891) was Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career

Born the seventh son of Richard Curzon-Howe, 1st Earl Howe and educated at Eton College, Smyth was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1845.[1] He served in the Basuto War in 1852.[1]

In 1854 he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to Lord Raglan and was present at the Battle of Alma, the Battle of Inkerman and the Siege of Sevastopol.[1] He subsequently served as ADC to General Codington.[1]

He was made Assistant Military Secretary in the Ionian Islands in 1856, Military Secretary in Ireland in 1865 and Deputy Quartermaster in Ireland in 1872.[1]

In 1877 he became General Officer Commanding Western District and in 1880 GOC Cape Colony.[1] He was acting High Commissioner for Southern Africa from 1882 to 1883, GOC Southern District from 1889 to 1890 (in which capacity he hosted a visit by the Shah of Persia[2]) and Governor of Gibraltar from 1890 until his death in 1891.[1]


In 1866 he married Alicia Maria Smyth and the following year adopted his wife's maiden name as his own surname: they had no children.[1]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Hardinge
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Lothian Nicholson


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