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DATE OF AM ACTION: 13/05/1920 HMS Rob Roy.
Very little is known about Harry Smith AM other than his AM action.
On the 13th May last, while H.M. Torpedo Boat Destroyer Rob Roy was proceeding at utmost speed on a full-power trial, a fire broke out in the forward boiler-room. With entire disregard of his own safety, Mr. Smith immediately went below to search for the two ratings who were still there, and to shut off the boilers under extreme difficulties owing to the heat, escaping steam and water, and knowing in doing so the danger he ran from the burning oil fuel and the unconsumed gases accentuated by the confined and congested space of a destroyer’s boiler room. Owing to his prompt action and presence of mind, Mr. Smith localised the damage and saved the lives of all who were below.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD. SOLD AT DNW IN DEC 2019 FOR £4,200.
Dix Noonan Webb – Image of the Harry Smith AM medal group.