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Archibald Bisset Smith
Birth: Dec. 19, 1878
Death: Mar. 10, 1917

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Cults, Scotland, he served as a Master Lieutenant in the Mercantile Marine, Royal Navy Reserve. In the Atlantic Ocean, on March 10, 1917, Lieutenant Smith as Captain command of the SS Otaki, sighted the German raider SMS Moewe. The raider called on the Otaki to stop, but Captain Smith refused to do so. Thus a surface duel ensued at ranges of 1,900 to 2,000 yards, lasting for about 20 minutes. During this action the Otaki scored several hits on the Moewe, but the Otaki sustained heavy damage with several casualties and was on fire. Captain Smith gave orders for the boats to be lowered to allow his crew to be rescued. He remained on his ship and went down with her as she sank with the British colors still flying, after what was described in an enemy account as "a duel as gallant as naval history can relate". For most conspicuous gallantry, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on May 24, 1919. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Edith Smith (1868 - 1951)*
 
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Burial:
Tower Hill Memorial *
London
Greater London, England
Plot: Lost at Sea; name is listed on the Tower Hill Memorial.
*Memorial Site [?]
 
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Record added: Apr 01, 2005
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- David Wend
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Aug. 20, 2013
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Feb. 20, 2013
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