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Admiral Sir Sidney Smith dies

Tuesday, 26 May 1840

On the 21st of June 1764 in Westminster a son was born to a Guards Officer. Christened Sidney he joined the Royal Navy in 1777 and fought at Cape St Vincent, Chesapeake Bay and Belle Saintes. In the 1780s Smith spent two years living in Caen studying French. In 1790 he joined the Swedish Navy to fight against the Russians and was awarded the Order Of The Sword for the battle of Svenskund. This award confered upon him the title of Knight. He was often afterwards known as 'The Swedish Knight', never recieving an 'English Knighthood'.Back with the Royal Navy he was captured in the Channel and later moved to a prison in Paris from where he escaped. At Acre in 1799. 1802 saw him elected M.P. for Rochester. He was one of Princess Carolines 'close friends'.

When in Brussels he heard gunfire and managed to be on the field of Waterloo by the evening of the battle, where he assisted with casualties. Wellington asked him to accept the surrender of both Arres and Amiens.

After an erratic career that saw him serving in The Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranian, Africia, The Americias, Asia and Europe on both land and sea. He was finally promoted Admiral in 1821.

On the 26th of May 1840 in Paris where he had lived for many years Admiral Sir Sidney Smith died. The cause given was 'stroke'. He was buried with his wife.