Louis Conran Smith DSC, RN

Born   1911
Died  4 Aug 1944(33)Palestine (died from injuries after a car accident)


16 Oct 1930 S.Lt.
16 Feb 1933 Lt.
16 Feb 1941 Lt.Cdr.


7 Dec 1943 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Louis Conran Smith, RN

HMS Hazard (J 02)Lt.Cdr.Minesweeper5 Jan 1943mid 1944

Career information

OBITUARY ROYAL NAVY Lieutenant Commander Louis (Peter) Conran Smith DSC RN, who died on August 4 in hospital in the Middle East from injuries sustained in a car accident, was the husband of Mhairi Conran Smith, of Taylors Wynd near Forfar, and nephew of Miss Crossley, of Burnside Cottage, Windermere. He was the only child of Marcell Francis Conran Smith and of Hilda Conran Smith (nee Crossley) who were both killed when a German U-boat attacked the P&O liner, SS Persia off the coast of Crete in the first world war.

He entered Dartmouth in May 1923, and from January 1927 was a cadet and Midshipman in the Benbow and Revenge. Promoted Sub-Lieutenant in 1930, he served in the destroyer Antelope in the Mediterranean and the minesweeper Pangbourne in Home Waters, and while in the latter became a Lieutenant in February 1933. Later he was in the destroyer Beagle, in the Mediterranean, and the aircraft carrier Furious in the Home Fleet. When the war broke out he was second in command of the gunboat Robin in China. The DSC was awarded him in December 1943 for steadfast courage and skill in command of Hazard in a dangerous and important minesweeping operation. (The Times Tuesday August 22 1944)

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