Sir John Smyth, 1st Baronet

Brigadier Sir John George Smyth, 1st Baronet, VC, MC, PC (24 October 1893 – 26 April 1983),[1] often known as Jackie Smyth, was a British Indian Army officer and a Conservative Member of Parliament. Although a recipient of the Victoria Cross, his military career ended in controversy.


John Smyth, 1st Baronet

VC, MC, PC
Sir John Smyth VC, pictured here circa 1973.
Member of Parliament
for Norwood
In office
23 February 1950  10 March 1966
Preceded byRonald Arthur Chamberlain
Succeeded byJohn Fraser
Personal details
Born
John George Smith

(1893-10-24)24 October 1893
Teignmouth, Devon, England
Died26 April 1983(1983-04-26) (aged 89)
Marylebone, London, England
Resting placeGolders Green Cemetery
Political partyConservative
Alma materRoyal Military College, Sandhurst
Nickname(s)"Jackie"
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
British India
Service/branchBritish Army
British Indian Army
Years of service1912–1942
RankBrigadier
Unit15th Ludhiana Sikhs
11th Sikh Regiment
Commands held17th Indian Infantry Division
19th Indian Infantry Division
36th Indian Infantry Brigade
127th Infantry Brigade
Battles/warsFirst World War
Third Anglo-Afghan War
Waziristan Campaign
Second Mohmand Campaign
Second World War
AwardsVictoria Cross
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (6)
Order of St. George 4th class (Russia)
Other workPrivy councillor
Member of Parliament