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Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien GCB
Order of the Bath
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Order of St Michael and St George
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Distinguished Service Order
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, ADC (26 May 1858 – 12 August 1930) was a British
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soldier and commander of the British II Corps and Second Army of the BEF during World War I
World War I
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Horace Smith-Dorrien was born at Haresfoot, a house near Berkhamsted
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, the 12th child of 16. He was educated at Harrow
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, and on 26 February 1876 entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
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, passing out with a commission as a subaltern to the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot
95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot
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. On 1 November 1878, he was posted to South Africa where he worked as a transport officer.