Sir William Sidney Smith

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth21.6.1764CSORN
First Known Service5.1779CSORN
Last Known Service8.1814CSORN
Date of Death26.5.1840

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
22.5.1781 Lieutenant ADM 6/23/130ADM 6/23
2.5.1782 Commander ADM 6/23/153ADM 6/23
2.5.17837.5.1783Fury (16), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/153
Issued by Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 17.10.1783
ADM 6/23
7.5.1783 CaptainCSORN
7.5.17833.1784Alcmene (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/156
Issued by Hugh Pigot (1722-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 27.10.1783
3.4.179417.4.1796Diamond (38), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/25/25BWAS-1793
23.8.1794 Destruction of the Volontaire 
21.10.1794 Capture of the Révolutionnaire 
9.5.1795 Action in Carteret Bay 
7.17983.1799Tigre (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
3.17991800Tigre (74), Commodore and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
15.3.179920.5.1799Defence of Acre 
4.18036.1804Antelope (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1793
16.5.180419.5.1804Commanded the British squadron at the Attack on Ver Huell's squadron 
10.180512.1805Antelope (50), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1793
9.11.1805 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
18081810Foudroyant (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
28.4.1808 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
25.10.1809 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
31.7.1810 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
1.18148.1814Royal Sovereign (100), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-1714
4.6.1814 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
2.1.1815 Created 1st Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE1
19.7.1838 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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