Lieutenant General Hon. Sir Leicester Smyth KCB KCMG (born Curzon-Howe; 25 October 1829 – 27 January 1891) was a British Army officer and colonial administrator who served as the Governor of Gibraltar.
Sir Leicester Smyth
|Birth name||Hon. Leicester Curzon-Howe|
|Born||25 October 1829|
Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicester, England
|Died||27 January 1891 (aged 61)|
London, United Kingdom
|Commands held||Western District|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Early life and educationEdit
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. He subsequently served as ADC to General Codington.
In 1877 he became General Officer Commanding Western District and in 1880 GOC Cape Colony. 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) and Governor of Gibraltar from 1890 until his death in 1891, aged 61.
On 12 February 1866 in Dublin, he married Alicia Maria Eliza Smyth, daughter and heiress of Robert Smyth of Drumcree, County Westmeath. In November that year, he adopted his wife's maiden name in lieu of his own, and quartered the Smyth arms with the arms of Curzon-Howe. They had no children.
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| GOC Western District
Sir George Willis
| GOC Southern District
The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Sir Arthur Hardinge
| Governor of Gibraltar
Sir Lothian Nicholson