Henry Abel Smith

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Sir Henry Abel Smith
Henry Abel Smith and May Ella Emma Cambridge.jpg
Henry Abel Smith and Lady May Cambridge.
Born8 March 1900
Died24 January 1993
Allegiance United Kingdom
Years of service1919-1950
RankColonel
AwardsCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order
 
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Sir Henry Abel Smith
Henry Abel Smith and May Ella Emma Cambridge.jpg
Henry Abel Smith and Lady May Cambridge.
Born8 March 1900
Died24 January 1993
Allegiance United Kingdom
Years of service1919-1950
RankColonel
AwardsCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order

Colonel Sir Henry Abel Smith KCMG KCVO DSO (8 March 1900 – 24 January 1993) was a British Army officer and a Governor of Queensland.

Biography[edit]

He was born in London, on 8 March 1900, the son of Francis Abel Smith and wife Madeline St. Maur Seymour. His grandparents were Henry Abel-Smith and Elizabeth Mary Pym, and his great-grandparents were Francis Pym and Lady Lucy Leslie-Meville, daughter of Alexander Leslie-Melville, 9th Earl of Leven. He was also a descendant of Edward Seymour, 8th Duke of Somerset[1]

Abel Smith was commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in December 1919. He served in the Second World War, winning the Distinguished Service Order. He retired as a Colonel in 1950.

On 24 October 1931, he married Lady May Cambridge, at St. Mary's Church, Balcombe, Sussex. She was born Princess May of Teck, and was a niece of King George V and Queen Mary, and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. They had three children:

Sir Henry was appointed Governor of Queensland from 18 March 1958, serving until 18 March 1966. He was highly respected in the office of governor. People lined the streets as a mark of high esteem to farewell him and Lady May Abel Smith on their final day in office on their way to Brisbane Airport.

Sir Henry died at Barton Lodge, Winkfield, Berkshire, on 24 January 1993. His funeral service took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. His cremated remains were buried at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore. His wife survived him by only sixteen months.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Honours[edit]

Ribbon bars of Col. Sir Henry Abel Smith
Decorations

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Lavarack
Governor of Queensland
1958 – 1966
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Mansfield

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