Alan Wyldbore Bosworth Smith

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Lieutenant Alan Wyldbore Bosworth Smith, R.N. (13 April, 1870 – 19 September, 1901) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Harrow.

Smith was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1892. His service record indicates misconduct and concern over his drinking and use of stimulants. He was limited to three glass of spirits a day, but following an excessive wine bill for January, 1901, Smith was informed that if his behaviour did not improve, it would be considered whether his services could be dispensed with.

Smith was placed on half pay at his own request on 8 June, 1901 to attend to bankruptcy.

Smith was appointed in command of the new destroyer Cobra in September, 1901. He had her for just about two hours before terrible rolling precipitated the loss of the vessel, which had proven too light in construction.[1] Sixty-seven men, including Smith, died in the tragedy.

See Also


  • Weaver, Frederic William, M.A., F.S.A. and Mayo, Charles Herbert, M.A., R.D. (1907). Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset. Volume X. Sherborne: J. C. and A. T. Sawtell.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Cobra
Sep, 1901[2] – 19 Sep, 1901
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. Weaver and Mayo, p. 180.
  2. Weaver and Mayo, p. 180.