Sydney Keith Smyth OBE, RN

Born  4 Jan 1884

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15 Apr 1900 Mid.
15 Apr 1903 S.Lt.
30 Sep 1905 Lt.
30 Sep 1913 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1918 Cdr.
12 Feb 1930 Capt. (retired)

Retired: 12 Feb 1930


11 Mar 1941 OBE

Warship Commands listed for Sydney Keith Smyth, RN

HMS ScotstounCapt. (retired)Armed Merchant Cruiser2 Sep 193913 Jun 1940
HMS Milford (L 51 / U 51)Capt. (retired)Sloop3 Aug 194022 Feb 1941
HMS Enterprise (D 52)Capt. (retired)Light cruiser2 Oct 194424 Oct 1944

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Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Scotstoun ()

19 Oct 1939 (position 66.30, -23.00)
The German tanker Biscaya (6386 GRT) is intercepted and captured in the Denmark Strait in position 66°30'N, 23°00'W by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN).

19 Nov 1939 (position 58.45, -14.10)
HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN) captures the German merchant Eilbeck (2185 GRT) north-west of Ireland in position 58°45'N, 14°10'W.

Sloop HMS Milford (L 51 / U 51)

20 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Milford (Capt.(Retd.) S.K. Smyth, RN) is undocked at Lagos. (1)

8 Nov 1940
HMS Milford (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN (retired)) is torpedoed by the Vichy French submarine Poncelet north of Port Gentil. The torpedo however did not explode. Poncelet is damaged by depth charges from Milford and is scuttled by her own crew in position 00°20'S, 08°50'E. (2)


  1. ADM 199/388
  2. Personal communication

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