Col. Gilbertson SMITH
There seems to be some confusion as to his correct
name. In the 25th London's address book he is listed as H.
Gilbertson-Smith of Highlands, Brentwood (Essex). However it appears
his name was not a hyphenated surname but a christian name and
surname, i.e. Gilbertson SMITH.
The 25th London address book lists his address as
"Highlands, Brentwood". This matches the 1911 census record of :-
SMITH, age 43, Marr, Solicitor, born Brixton, Surrey, address -
Highlands, Brentwood, wife Isabel Emily age 41 yrs.
This ties in
with the birth and baptism of a Gilberton SMITH, born 16th Oct 1867,
baptised 26 Dec 1867 at St. Saviour, Ruskin Park, the son of Henry
John (solicitor) & Mary Augusta SMITH.
Marriage - Gilbertson SMITH, 26yrs,
bachelor, Solicitor, 12 Angel Park Gardens, son of Henry John SMITH,
Solicitor married Isabel Emily Tolcher, spinster, of 7 Dover
Mansions, Canterbury Rd, daughter of Henry Harrison Tolcher, Short
However to confuse things the address book records
him as H. Gilberton-Smith. The
25th London book records him as Gilbertson SMITH with a cross
reference under GILBERTSON.
Colonel Sir Gilbertson Smith, TD, DL
by Maurice Frederick Codner
Date : 1944 Collection: Essex County Council
The following is a letter in his service records in
the National Archives :-
1. I request that you will
forward and recommend this my application that I may be selected in
accordance with the Army Order 34 of 1919 for promotion to the
substantive rank of Colonel in the Territorial Force.
2. I raised what is now the 1/25th Cyclist Battn, The London
Regiment, in April 1908 and commanded it as Lt. Colonel till May
1915 when I retired and was appointed Hon. Colonel of the Battalion.
3. I raised the 2/25th Cyclist Battalion, London Regiment, in August
1914 and have commaned it to date and have therefore completed 9
years and 7 months in the rank of Lt-Colonel.
joined the Volunteers in 1888 as a private and served through all
ranks up to Sarjeant, I then received my Commission. I was Adjutant
of my Volunteer Battalion for several years and commanded it as
Major Commandant for 4 years.
5. I am one of the
originators of the use of the cycle for Military purposes and my
promotion to the substantive rank of Colonel would be soem
recognition of my services to Military Cycling and my 31 years
service in the Volunteers and Territorials.
Lt Col hon? Col
2/25th (Cyclist) Battn. London
2nd. April 1919.
was recommended for promotion to the rank of Colonel, Territorial
Force, which was approved by the selection board on the 29th April
|Bonhams auction of Gilbertson
27 Nov 2013 13:00 GMT
Antique Arms and Armour
Rare 1878 Pattern Grey Cloth Helmet Of An Officer In The 26th
Middlesex Rifle (Cyclists) Volunteers
The grey cloth-covered
skull (peak with area of minor moth damage, some minor staining)
with all its silver-plated fittings, the QVC frontal plate of
regulation star pattern with laurel overlays and title circle
'Middlesex Cyclist Vols.' centred on a cycle wheel against a red
cloth ground, rose pattern supporters with patent leather-lined
chin-chain, the interior with original leather lined sweat-band
and attached purple silk trim, green-cloth peak liners, and in
fine condition: in its japanned carrying tin (lid and escutcheons
corroded) with Hawkes & Co. brass retailer's shield, and
escutcheon engraved 'Captn. Gilbertson Smith 26 Midd.x CV'.
[The helmet was bought by a member of the Wandsworth Historical
Society who has been collecting uniforms belonging to one of the
Battalion’s early members, Major (later Colonel) Gilbertson Smith.
- last item on page]
National Army Museum Catalogue
uniform and equipment items, 25th (County of London) Cyclist Bn
The London Regiment, worn by Col Sir G Gilbertson Smith, 1912 (c).
Two waistbelts and shoulder sling, Sam Browne, 25th (County of
London) Cyclist Bn The London Regiment Territorial Force, worn by
Col Sir Gilbertson Smith, 1915 (c).