1853 South Africa Medal to Commander of Cdn Militia 4500
1853 South Africa Medal to Commander of Cdn Militia - (CAPT. E.S. SMYTH, 2nd REGt). Naming is officially impressed. Dark patina, on original ribbon with pinback hanger, light contact, edge nicks, extremely fine. Accompanied by his Commission Document Appointing Him General Officer Commanding the Militia in Canada (white parchment, Victorian seal, dated September 11, 1874, 492 mm x 747 mm, with fold marks, soiled). Footnote: General Sir Edward Selby Smyth, KGMG (March 31, 1819 – September 22, 1896) was a British General. He served as first General Officer Commanding the Militia in Canada from 1874 to 1880. Educated at Putney College in Surrey, Smyth was commissioned into the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment in 1841. He went straight to India only returning with his Regiment to England as Adjutant of his Battalion in 1846. He went to South Africa in 1851, to protect the administration of the Orange River Sovereignty from attack by the Basotho and Khoikhoi people, earning him the South Africa Medal. 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. In 1861, he was appointed Inspector-General of the Militia in Ireland and was involved in suppressing the early stages of the Fenian Rising. He was appointed General Officer Commanding British Troops in Mauritius in 1870. He moved to Canada in 1874 and was named as General Officer Commanding the Militia. He carried out the role successfully and was thanked by the Governor-General of Canada for protecting Montreal from rioting. In his personal life, he married Lucy Sophia Julia Campbell, daughter of Major-General Sir Guy Campbell, 1st Baronet and Pamela FitzGerald in 1848. He passed away in 1896, at the age of 77.