Major General Sir Neville Smyth
|Title||Major General Sir Neville Smyth|
|Maker||Coates, George (Artist)|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, Kensington & Chelsea, Chelsea|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Measurement||Overall: 126.7 x 101.4 cm|
Portrait of Major General (later Sir) Neville Maskelyne Smyth VC, KCB. Commanding 1 Brigade AIF, Commanding 2 Div AIF, Western Front Chelsea; 1st Australian Infantry Brigade, and 2nd Australian Division. Major General Sir Nevill Maskelyne Smyth, VC, KCB (1868-1941) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Smyth was dispatched to Gallipoli by Lord Kitchener arriving in May 1915. He commanded the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade as a temporary brigadier-general at the Battle of Lone Pine and was one of the last officers to leave the peninsula, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) on 1 January 1916, and received a further Mention in Despatches on 28 January 1916. Smyth led the brigade in France in 1916, and on 28 December was given command of the 2nd Australian Division as a temporary major general. During the First World War he had also been awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre and the French Légion d'honneur in the grade of Officer. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Dragoon Guards on 1 October 1920 and retired from the British Army in July 1924. After his retirement, Smyth emigrated to Australia and a farm in Balmoral, Victoria in 1925 with his wife and three children. He took to politics in the National Party of Australia and stood unsuccessfully for a Victorian seat in the Australian Senate.