Quentin George Murray Smythe, was born in Nottingham Road, Natal, South Africa on August 6th, 1916 as son of Edric Smythe. He was the grandson of the First Administrator of Natal, Charles Smyhte. Quentin Smythe attended the Estcourt High School in Estcourt. After his education he started farming in Richmond.
During the Second World War he served from April 2nd, 1940 as Sergeant with the Royal Natal Carabineers, 1st South African Infantry Division, South African Forces. On July 17th, 1940 he sailed for Kenya on board the s.s. Devonshire. He was first send to the eastern Africa Campaign to act against the Italian Forces. When the German Army joined the fightings in Africa, he and his unit were replaced to the Western Desert Area.
After the Second World War he stayed in the Army and finally held the occupation of Officer Instructor with the Department of Defence, South Africa from 1970 until 1981. He finally reached the rank of Captain in the South African Forces.
In 1945 he married with Dale Griffiths. The couple had three sons and one daughter. The marriadge lasted until 1970. He then married a second time to Margareth Joan Shatwell. Margareth died in 1980. In 1984 he married a third time to Patricia Stamper.
After his retirement from the Army he once again returned to his farming career.
On October 22nd, 1997 he died of cancer in the Durban's Parkland Hospital.
Quentin Smythe was cremated at the Durban Crematorium, Durban
KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
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