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Captain William Charles Smith

- Winchester, England

- 25 May 1841

- Probably English

- 5 feet 8 3/4 inches

Family Background:
- Smith's father was R.B. Smith, lieutenant colonel, unattached (formerly of the 15th Foot)

At Sandhurst:
- No

Foreign Languages:
- French

Career before Halifax:
- Ensign, 16 September 1859 (purchase)
- Lieutenant, 24 March 1863 (purchase)
- Captain, 8 August 1865 (purchase)

Medals & Awards:

Postings while in NS Command:
- Halifax, 9 May to 12 January 1871
- to depot companies, Scotland, 13 January 1871

- No

Career after Halifax:
- Brevet Major, 1 October 1877
- Major, 1 July 1881
- retired on retired pay, 30 November 1871


- 1890

A letter from Smith's mother to the Military Secretary at the Horse Guards, London, on behalf of her son's application for a first commission in 1859, stated that at the time he would have preferred a commission in the Canadian Rifle Regiment, since his father was a Canadian, and he had "relations in that country". Obviously this could not be arranged, however, and Smith wound up, by what route it is not certain, in the 78th. Judging from a number of letters which his parents wrote to the Horse Guards, Colonel Smith had chosen to retire in Dublin, Ireland.



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