Victor James Bowden-Smith

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Lieutenant-Commander Victor James Bowden-Smith, R.N. (1 May, 1887 – 22 August, 1918) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Bowden-Smith was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1909.[1]

In December 1913, he won a £30 prize and medal for his superb examinations in Italian.

Bowden-Smith was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 10 on 1 August, 1914.[2] He was cautioned after she collided with a collier that same month. In November 1914 he was appointed to Euryalus for torpedo duties.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 January, 1917 and remained in Euryalus until being appointed to Vernon on 21 February, 1918. His role there eventually involved submarines in addition to torpedo duties.

Bowden-Smith died after taking Template:UK-ML403 to recover a German torpedo found washed up on the Yorkshire coast on 22 August, 1918. The torpedo exploded, killing everyone involved.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur E. H. Wright
Captain of H.M. T.B. 10
1 Aug, 1914[3] – 31 Oct, 1914[4][5]
Succeeded by
John K. McLeod


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 9.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 401.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 401.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 401.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 400.