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Herbert Symonds Goldsmith

(1873-1945), Lieutenant-Governor, Northern Provinces, Nigeria

Sitter in 2 portraits

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Herbert Symonds Goldsmith, by Lafayette - NPG x48095

Herbert Symonds Goldsmith

by Lafayette
half-plate nitrate negative, 22 February 1932
NPG x48095

Herbert Symonds Goldsmith, by Lafayette - NPG x48096

Herbert Symonds Goldsmith

by Lafayette
half-plate nitrate negative, 22 February 1932
NPG x48096

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Peter Duckers

18 June 2020, 12:20

Herbert Symonds Goldsmith was born in August 1873 and educated at Cranbrook and Eastbourne College. He entering the Colonial Civil Service in 1899, being appointed Assistant Resident in Northern Nigeria in 1901. By the outbreak of the serious Satiru rebellion in 1906, he had risen to the postion of 1st Class Resident.

Goldsmith's role in the operations is unknown, but he received the Africa General Service Medal and clasp for his service. It is worth noting that his fellow Residents, H. R. Preston-Hillary and A.G.M. Scott along with Lieut. F. E. Blackwood, were killed at the outset of the campaign.

Goldsmith was created C.M.G. shortly before his elevation to the post of Acting Chief Secretary in 1912, and, marrying in Eastbourne in 1913, was Lieutenant-Governor of Northern Nigeria Province between 1917-21. He was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1918 for his service to French interests in West Africa.

He retired to Chichester, where he served on various West African journals and papers and was Chairman of the West Africa Exhibition Committee between 1924-25. Taking a prominent part in various local functions, Goldsmith died in March 1945. An Obituary/appreciation was written by Lord Lugard, "the Father of Modern Nigeria", who himself died soon afterwards.

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