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VICTORIAN NAVAL GROUP OF 3 MEDALS TO NAVG. LT. E.C. SMITH, R.N., H.M.S. ENCOUNTER 73-74 (CASUALTY)

*** RESERVED *** Baltic Medal unnamed as issued; China War Medal with Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1858 and Taku Forts 1860 clasps unnamed as issued; Ashantee Medal to Navg. Lt. E.C. Smith, R.N., H.M.S. Encounter 73-74.
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Edmond Henry Carter Smith was born on 11 July 1839 and entered service with the Royal Navy as Masters Assistant in June 1854, aged just 14 and serving aboard HMS Royal George in the Baltic. Promoted to 2nd Master, Smith served during the Second China War aboard HMS Nankin and HMS Cruizer from 30 Aug 1957 to 21 Jan 1960 and further service at Malacca on 21 Sep 1962. Smith then served aboard H.M.S. Encounter during the Ashanti War and Captain William Nathan Wrighte Hewett V.C.'s 1866 Officer's List records Smith's death on 7 October 1875 as 'attributed to exposure in expedition against Congo pirates'.

Hewett details the action on the Congo: "On the 11th Commander Medlycott, with a detachment of bluejackets and Marines, destroyed Polo Bolo, having one man wounded. On the 12th, the Commodore, with the three gunboats, ascended the river to Emboma, seventy-three miles from the mouth, and there, on the 15th, had an interview with seven kings or chiefs, who expressed satisfaction with the work which had been done, and hoped that, since the pirates had been so severely punished, the peaceful trade in the river would increase. Sir William Hewett returned on the 17th, and a few days afterwards the ships separated. The labours of the expedition were most arduous, some of the creeks being literally overgrown with luxuriant vegetation which had to be cut away to admit of an advance, and the country generally being difficult to a degree. The entire loss by the enemy's fire, however, was only one killed (a Portuguese guide), and six wounded (including Engineer Eobert Dixon, of the Ariel). There was, at the time, much sickness. Later, however, the effects of the malarious climate showed themselves; and among those who perished from the results of the brief campaign were Navigating Lieutenant Edmond Carter Smith, and Paymaster "William Alfred Brown, both of the Encounter. Numerous officers were mentioned as having rendered conspicuous service, the list including Captain Bradshaw, Commander Medlycott, Lieutenant Karslake, Lieutenant Adolphus Brett Crosbie, K.M., Lieutenant Thomas Peere, William Nesham, Lieutenant Ernest Neville Kolfe, Fleet-Surgeon Henry Fegan, C.B., Paymaster William Alfred Brown, and Sub- Lieutenants Arthur Charles Middlemass.

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