Capt Henry P. Basden-Smith


From H.M.S. Conway Honours WW1 (

H P B Smith (or Basden-Smith) (Henry Philip Basden) Conway years:1895? Rank:Commander RD RNR

DSO: Several Gazettes chart his progress from Sub Lieut to Lieut (1905), the RD in 1910, to Commander in 1918 He is shown in 1917 as having the DSO

Date:                        NK

Unit:                         Not stated

Where:                    Not stated

Gazette number:   Not found

Comment:               The DSO Gazette is elusive

Sources:                  Gaz 31499 (10200) 31.12.18

From Jersey Medals: (

Distinguished Service Order Geo.V. unnamed as issued with case of issue

1914-15 Star

Named to "Lt. Commr. H.P. Basden-Smith. DSO. RNR."

British War Medal 1914-18 & Victory Medal 1914-19

Named to " Commr. H.P. Basden-Smith. RNR."

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration Edw. Vll.

Unnamed as issued; hallmarked London 1909-10 with case of issue

Defence Medal 1939-45 unnamed as issued.

Condition GVF

Henry Philip Basden-Smith Lieutenant RD. RNR. (17/07/1905) & served during WW1 as a Lieutenant Commander/Commander Royal Naval Reserve and was Mentioned in Dispatches and created a DSO (LG. 07/08/1915) In recognition of services in the patrol cruisers since the outbreak of war. Finished the war as Commander, Acting Captain ret'd; (11/11/1918).

The Victory Medal was missing from the group until December 2006 when through the assistance of a fellow collector the medal was purchased in a UK auction, thus completing the group.

Pre War Henry was an officer serving with the Union-Castle Shipping Line.

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