William Smelt

Major general
William Smelt
18th General Officer Commanding, Ceylon
In office
28 January 1847  1852
Preceded by Colin Campbell
Succeeded by P. Bainbrigge
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands General Officer Commanding, Ceylon

Lieutenant-General William Smelt, CB (died 10 January 1858)[1] was the 18th General Officer Commanding, Ceylon.

In 1814, In North America as a Major of the 103rd Foot, he participated in the battles of Plattsburg, Oswego and Lundy's Lane and was badly wounded at the Siege of Fort Erie.[2]

He was awarded CB in 1826, when a Lieutenant-Colonel of the 41st Foot.[3] He was appointed General Officer Commanding, Ceylon on 28 January 1847 and succeeded by P. Bainbrigge in 1852. He was awarded the Army of India Medal.

In 1850 he was given the colonelcy of the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot [4] but transferred in 1851 to the 37th Foot, a position he held until his death. He was promoted Lieutenant-General on 11 November 1851.[5]


  1. The United Service Magazine. H. Colburn. 1858. p. 474.
  2. "William Drummond and the Battle of Fort Erie". Scholars Commons. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and its dependencies. Volume 23. p. 302.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 21082. p. . 2 April 1850.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 21262. p. . 11 November 1850.
Military offices
Preceded by
Colin Campbell
General Officer Commanding, Ceylon
Succeeded by
P. Bainbrigge
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Duff
37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Fraser
Preceded by
Sir James Fergusson
62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Thomas Lightfoot
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