Capt Henry P. Basden-Smith
DSO DSC RD Cmdr RNR
From H.M.S. Conway Honours WW1 (www.ubiubi.org/conway/ww1.php)
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
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: (http://jersey-medals.net/ww1dsogroup.html)
Distinguished Service Order Geo.V. unnamed as issued with case of issue
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.
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.