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Sir Edward Selby Smyth
Born (1819-03-31)31 March 1819
Died 22 September 1896(1896-09-22) (aged 77)
Place of birth Belfast, Ireland
Place of death England
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Militia
Rank General
Commands held General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
Battles/wars Fenian Rising
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

General Sir Edward Selby Smyth, KCMG (31 March 1819 – 22 September 1896) was a British General. He served as first General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada from 1874 to 1880.

Military career[]

Educated at Putney College in Surrey, Smyth was commissioned in to the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment in 1841.[1] He went straight to India only returning with his Regiment to England as Adjutant of his Battalion in 1846.[1] He went to South Africa in 1851 to protect the administration of the Orange River Sovereignty from attack by the Basotho and Khoikhoi people.[1]

In 1853 he was made Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General of the 2nd Division in South Africa and then Adjutant and Quartermaster-General at British Army Headquarters in South Africa.[1] In 1861 he was appointed Inspector-General of the Militia in Ireland and was involved in suppressing the early stages of the Fenian Rising.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding British Troops in Mauritius in 1870.[1]

He was made General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada in 1874: he carried out the role successfully and was thanked by the Governor-General of Canada for protecting Montreal from rioting.[1]


In 1848 he married Lucy Sophia Julia Campbell, daughter of Major-General Sir Guy Campbell, 1st Baronet and Pamela FitzGerald.[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Held by Commander-in-Chief, North America
General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
Succeeded by
Richard Luard

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