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VC783   Archibald Bissett Smith

Name   Archibald Bissett Smith   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   783   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Naval Reserve



Rank VC Won   Temporary Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Temporary Lieutenant

Place Of Birth   Cults, Grampian, Scotland

Place Of Death   Went down with SS 'Otaki' after encounter with the disguised German raider 'Moewe' 350 miles east of the Azores, Atlantic Ocean

Buried/Location Ashes   Lost at sea, 350 miles east of the Azores, Atlantic Ocean


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone      Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   24 May 1919

VC Presented   7 June 1919, King George V, Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Named on Tower Hill Memorial, Panel 14,  Trinity Square Gardens, City of London

P  Named on Family Headstone, Rhynie Cemetery, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Named on Wife's Headstone, St Mary's & St Hugh's Churchyard, Old Harlow, Essex

By The Way…

The Victoria Cross couldn't be awarded to a Merchant Seaman so he was backdated as a Lt Reserve Royal Navy

VC Held By

P&O Heritage Collection, Victoria, London



VC 782 VC 784
VC 782
VC 784

The First World War

BORN   19 December 1878

DIED   10 March 1917   AGE   38

VC Won   10 March 1917   AGE   38

Place VC Won   Atlantic Ocean, 350 miles east of the Azores

War/Campaign   First World War 1917