Brigadier William Russell Smyth-Windham
William Smyth-Windham (“Smidge”) was chief radio operator on Everest in 1933 and 1936. Although he was not a mountaineer, he achieved a telecommunications first in 1933 by installing a telephone line up to the North Col, thereby allowing Ruttledge to communicate with London and to receive monsoon reports in return.
Smyth-Windham was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1927 and retired from the army in 1960. From 1957–60 he served as Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II.