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Martin Eric Dunbar-Nasmith
Birth: Apr. 1, 1883
Death: Jun. 29, 1965

British Navy Admiral, World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. A veteran of World Wars I and II, he received the award for his actions during the period May 20 to June 8, 1915 while a lieutenant commander in charge of the H.M. Submarine E.11 during World War I. Born Martin Eric Nasmith in Barnes, London, England, he added "Dunbar" to his last name in 1923. Upon receiving his education at Eastman's Royal Naval Academy in Winchester, Hampshire, England and on board the HMS Britannia at Dartmouth, Devon, England, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1898. Following his service in World War I, he was promoted to the rank of captain and commanded the battleship HMS Iron Duke from 1921 until 1924. In 1926 he became Commandant of the British Royal Navy College at Dartmouth, Devon, England and in 1929 he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral of Submarines. In 1932 he became Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies Station in the Indian Ocean and three years later he was promoted to the rank of admital and appointed the 2nd Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel. In 1938 he became Commander-in Chief, Plymouth and in September 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, he was Commander-in-Chief of the Plymouth and Western Approaches Command. In 1942 he became the Flag Officer in charge of London, England and and he retired at that position in 1946 with 48 years of continuous military service in the British Navy. In addition to the Victoria Cross, he received other British and foreign awards and decorations, including the Knight Commander of the Order of Bath, the Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, the Norwegian Order of St. Olav, the Polsch Polonia Restitute, the French Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre, the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau, and the Estonian Cross of Liberty II/2. From 1945 until 1962 he held the honorary title of Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom. Following his military retirement, he became Vice-Chairman of the Imperial War Graves Commission, He died in Elgin, Elginshire, England at the age of 82. His Victoria Cross Citation Reads: "During the period 20 May–8 June 1915 in the Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, Turkey, Lieutenant-Commander Nasmith, in command of H.M. Submarine E.11, destroyed one large Turkish gunboat, two transports, one ammunition ship, three store ships and four other vessels. When he had safely passed the most difficult part of his homeward journey he received information that a cargo of coal was heading towards Istanbul from the Black Sea. Realising that coal was essential for the morale of the besieged city, Nasmith turned back. When the coal-carrying ship came into sight of the docks, a welcoming committee of municipal grandees soon formed, along with a happy crowd – water, electricity and rail transport had all suffered due to a lack of coal. Hardly had the ship berthed than it mysteriously blew up before the eyes of the astounded crowd. Nasmith successfully slipped out again." (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Moray, Scotland
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Martin Eric Dunbar-Nasmith
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Thank you for your military service to your country and for your courace and valor in time of battle. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
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