General Sir Henry Augustus Smyth KCMG FSA FRGS was an English army officer and colonial governor. Born on 25 Nov 1825 in Westminster, he was the third son of William Henry Smyth and his wife Annarella Warington.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in 1843, he served in the Crimean War and was present at the Siege of Sevastopol. After being Commandant of Woolwich garrison and military district from 1882, in 1886 he was appointed general officer commanding all British troops in South Africa. In 1888 he mustered an army of 2,000 men and left for Zululand to put down a rebellion. The next year he became acting Governor of Cape Colony as well as acting High Commissioner for Southern Africa. His last post was as Governor of Malta from 1890 until he retired in 1893.
On 14 Apr 1874 at Lillington in Warwickshire he had married Helen Constance Greaves, but they had no children. He died on 18 Sep 1906 at Stone in Buckinghamshire, where he was buried.
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