Harry Hesketh Smyth

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Rear-Admiral Harry Hesketh Smyth, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N., Retired (23 April, 1872 – 9 July, 1926) was an officer in the Royal Navy. His wartime work would be largely in command of minelaying vessels.

Life & Career

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1894.[1]

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1906.[2]

Smyth was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Intrepid on 17 January, 1913.[3]

Great War

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Acting Captain on 22 October, 1914.[4]

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1914.[5]

Following the loss of his command, the first class protected cruiser Ariadne on 26 July, 1917, Smyth was appointed to Vernon, additional, for a special mining course on 7 September. When the course ended on 27 September, he was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Amphitrite, which had recently been converted to a minelayer. Smyth was awarded a C.M.G. for services in Minelaying Operations in the period 1 January, 1916 to 1 August, 1917, , gazetted 1 October, 1917.[6]

On 3 January, 1918, Smyth was moved over to command the Princess Margaret, which was also functioning as a minelayer.[7]

Post-War

Smyth was superseded in Princess Margaret at his own request on 9 November, 1919. There is no record of his immediate successive employment, but it appears that it was in fighting the Bolsheviks, as he was awarded a D.S.O. for this. In October, 1920 he was appointed to do Coast Guard work in the Nore Area.[8]

Smyth was mentioned in despatches, gazetted on 9 April, 1920 and placed on Retired List at own request on 5 July, 1922.[9]

Smyth was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 8 May, 1925. He died just over a year later, in Sway, Hants.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Llewellyn Griffiths
Captain of H.M.S. Hardy
19 Apr, 1900[11][12] – Nov, 1900[13]
Succeeded by
Norman H. Carter
Preceded by
Edward M. Hale
Captain of H.M.S. Boomerang
12 Jul, 1904[14][15] – 1 Dec, 1904[16]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
James U. Farie
Captain of H.M.S. Dryad
14 Jan, 1905[17] – 17 Nov, 1905[18]
Succeeded by
Archibald B. Purvis
Preceded by
Frederic W. Dean
Captain of H.M.S. Hussar
18 Nov, 1905[19][20] – 12 Feb, 1907[21]
Succeeded by
David M. Hamilton
Preceded by
John C. Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
12 Jul, 1910[22][23] – 8 Dec, 1911[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Tristan Dannreuther
Captain of H.M.S. Intrepid
17 Jan, 1913[25][26] – 8 Mar, 1915[27]
Succeeded by
Charles E. W. Pyddoke
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Orvieto
8 Mar, 1915[28][29] – 25 May, 1916[30]
Succeeded by
George P. England
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Wahine
26 May, 1916[31][32] – 20 Mar, 1917[33]
Succeeded by
Denis G. Thynne
Preceded by
Pieter G. V. Vander Byl
Captain of H.M.S. Ariadne
20 Mar, 1917[34] – 26 Jul, 1917[35]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Edmund C. Carver
Captain of H.M.S. Amphitrite
27 Sep, 1917[36][37] – 3 Jan, 1918[38]
Succeeded by
Cyril Peel
Preceded by
Lockhart Leith
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Margaret
3 Jan, 1918[39][40] – 9 Nov, 1919[41]
Succeeded by
Cecil E. Tooth

Footnotes

  1. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  2. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 331.
  4. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  5. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  6. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  7. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  8. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  9. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  10. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  11. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Monday, 2 April, 1900. Issue 36105, col E, p. 7.
  13. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  14. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 286.
  16. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  17. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  18. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  19. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 328.
  21. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  22. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  23. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 369.
  24. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  25. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  26. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 331.
  27. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  28. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  29. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401r.
  30. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  31. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 402.
  33. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  34. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  35. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  36. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  37. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391h.
  38. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  39. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  40. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 1002-3.
  41. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.