Lieutenant Commander Martin Eric Nasmith, Royal Navy
529206 – Admiralty, 24th June, 1914
The KING (is) pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross to Lieutenant Commander Martin Eric Nasmith, Royal Navy, for the conspicuous bravery specified below:
For most conspicuous bravery in command of one of His Majesty’s Submarines while operating in the Sea of Marmora.
In the face of great danger he succeeded in destroying one large Turkish gunboat, two transports, one ammunition ship and three storeships, in addition to driving one storeship ashore.
When he had safely passed the most difficult part of his homeward journey he returned again to torpedo a Turkish transport.
Lieutenant Commander Martin Eric Nasmith was born 1st April 1883 at what was, originally, 13 Castelnau Gardens, Bridge Road, Barnes. However, this was later renamed Castelnau and the number changed to 136.
He was educated at Eastman’s Royal Naval Academy, Winchester and HMS Britannia at Dartmouth and joined the Royal Navy at the age of 14 in 1897 gaining the rank of Lieutenant in 1904.
The Victoria Cross (VC) is one of the highest awards British service personnel can receive. It is awarded in recognition of an act of extreme bravery in the presence of the enemy,
It is only equalled in status by the George Cross (GC) which is awarded for acts of conspicuous bravery not in the enemy's presence.