Commodore Dacre Smyth

Dacre smyth archibaldCommodore Dacre Henry Deudraeth Smyth AO (5 May 1923 – 3 December 2008) was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy(RAN), an artist and a poet. He joined the RAN in 1940, and participated in the D-Day landings and the Battle of the Coral Seabefore retiring as a commodore in 1978.

He was the son of the distinguished British general Nevill Maskelyne Smyth.[1]

He served as Deputy Chairman of the Trustees of Melbourne’sShrine of Remembrance and was a Life Governor of the Shrine. He became well known after his retirement for landscape and seascape painting, publishing fourteen books containing his paintings and poems. He married Jennifer Haggard in 1952, and had four daughters and a son.


1923 to 2008 – Naval Commodore and Artist