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Francis Smith was commissioned lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers in 1741 and joined the 10th Foot as a captain in 1747. In February 1762 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and five years later he took the regiment to America. In 1775, as a brevet colonel he commanded a detachment which fought at Lexington, the first action of the American War of Independence (1775–1783). He received a serious leg wound at Fiske Hill, outside Concord, on 19 April 1775 and in August that year he applied for retirement.
oil on canvas
H 127 x W 101.6 cm
gift from Mr G. H. W. Cruttwell, 1969