Sir William Douglas Smith

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Sir William Douglas Smith is standing facing the camera in this picture taken in 1921 when King George V and Queen Mary visited Jersey

Major-General Sir William Douglas Smith (1865–1939) was a British Army officer who became Lieut-Governor of Jersey.

Career

He was commissioned into the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1885 and took part in the Burma expedition in 1886 and the Tirah Campaign in 1897. He was appointed a Brigade Major in India in 1905 and Commanding Officer of 1 Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1911. He served in World War I as Commander of the 9th Infantry Brigade, as General Officer Commanding 20th (Light) Division and then as General Officer Commanding 56th Division in France. He took command of the 56th Division on a temporary basis between 24 July 1917 and 9 August 1917 after his predecessor had been taken ill and until a permanent appointment could be made.

After the War he became Commander of Portsmouth Garrison and then Lieut-Governor of Jersey before retiring in 1924.

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