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Desmond Abel Smith

(1892-1974), Major and director

Sitter in 5 portraits

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Desmond Abel Smith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x86103

Desmond Abel Smith

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x86103

Desmond Abel Smith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x86104

Desmond Abel Smith

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x86104

Desmond Abel Smith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99970

Desmond Abel Smith

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1951
NPG x99970

Desmond Abel Smith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99971

Desmond Abel Smith

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1951
NPG x99971

Desmond Abel Smith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99972

Desmond Abel Smith

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1951
NPG x99972

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Juliet Smith

11 September 2020, 00:08

My Dad was the son of Major Abel Smith's housekeeper, Mrs Barker. My Gran lived and worked at the house for years and I spent a lot of my early childhood there. His wife, Mrs Abel-Smith was known to me as "GrandAunt" because she was my godmother, and later she taught me to do cross stitch. I remember seeing Major Abel Smith occasionally although I was very much "kept out of the way". The night he died, my mother was nursing him and the next morning my Gran took my brother, my friend Tara and out for a long walk with the dogs. On our return, a large black car passed us on the drive and my friend Tara asked "Why are they taking the Aga away?" Later I realised that what we had seen was Major Abel-Smith's coffin being taken away by the undertakers.

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