Adrian Holt Smyth

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Captain Adrian Holt Smyth, R.N. (10 July, 1878 – 14 April, 1951) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Smyth entered the navy with the July, 1894 term at Britannia.

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1901.

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1913.[1]

Smyth assumed command of the armed merchant cruiser Moldavia from on 1 February 1916 when she commissioned with the crew of his former command, the armed merchant cruiser Teutonic.[2] He remained in command until she was lost to a torpedo in the English Channel on 23 May 1918, by which time she was serving as an American troopship. Smyth was acquitted in the Court Martial in her loss held on 4 June, though it was mentioned that he should perhaps have been zig-zagging.

Smyth was appointed in command of the battleship London on 13 June, 1918.[3]

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1918. He was plaaced on the Retired List on 8 July, 1922. He spent time in a convalescent home in the 1930s.

World War II

Smyth seemingly served with the R.A.F.V.R.. He suffered from arthritis in his hip in late July 1943.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George P. Ross
Captain of H.M.S. Teutonic
2 Sep, 1915 – Jan, 1916
Succeeded by
Robert E. R. Benson
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Moldavia
Jan, 1916[4] – 23 May, 1918[5]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Victor G. Gurner
Captain of H.M.S. London
13 Jun, 1918[6] – 1 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
George P. England
Preceded by
John B. Sparks
Captain of H.M.S. Hecla
1 Mar, 1919 – 1 Mar, 1920
Succeeded by
John B. Sparks


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 105.
  2. Logbook of Modavia.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 834.
  4. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 401r.
  5. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 133.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 834.