Sir William Sidney Smith
daring Royal Navy officer, Sir William Sidney Smith proved
a perennial thorn in the side of both Republican and Imperial
France during the long wars.
early career saw him at the battle of Cape St Vincent and
Toulon, where he scuttled
the bulk of the French ships before the British withdrawal,
and in the service of the King of Sweden, earning a Swedish
His adventures led to him being captured while on a raid
near Le Havre, but Smith staged a remarkable break out from
the Temple prison in Paris and found his way back to England.
loggerheads with the shining star of the Royal Navy - Horatio
Nelson - Smith found himself an independent command
in the eastern Mediterranean and set about creating havoc
for Napoleon Bonaparte's
Army of Egypt.
not only captured vital French siege guns - making it almost
impossible for Bonaparte to capture Acre,
but he also transported a Turkish army to face the enemy
remarkable career led him to the field of Waterloo
where he spent much of the day with the evacuation of British
as a sailor, but disliked for his brashness, Smith was not
knighted in Britain.