Eldred Stuart Brooksmith
Father’s Mm: Eldred John Brooksmith1856 Cheltenham. Barrister-1932
Mother Nm: Mary Louisa Blencowe  b 11.8.1854 Brackley: Oldest known Ancestor – Thomas Blencowe 1475 Marston St Lawrence
Marriage Comments: 16 Dec 1920 • St Bartholomew the Great, London.
K comments: Brother John Douglas was KIA on 21st March 1918 when his Artillery Position was overrun. Father may have served in WW1 as he was attached to Woolwich Military Academy before emigrating to Canada and may have helped the Royal Navy through the war with his mathematics expertise that was used in military calculations.
Spouse comments: Evelyn Pearl Dudley Driver born 3 JUL 1899 • Chertsey, Surrey daughter of Evelyn Ada Blencowe  born 3.9.1869 Brackley died11 JAN 1951 • Folkestone
Children: John Stuart Brooksmith 1926
Research: Ancestry FMP Daphne Austin, Roger Blinko.
Born 3rd September 1889
With mother at Pevensey, Sussex, England.
School Pupil in Reading Berkshire with brother John Douglas
- Eldred attended Cheltenham College which was at the time a Grammar school His father and grandfather had a long relationship with the School as they both taught mathematics there. See article in Gallery.
- Joined the Royal Navy Rank as a Junior Officer.
- 16 Jan 06-15 Jan 08 Allocated to the ship King Alfred and in service in the South China Sea.
- Transferred to one other ship before in April going to HMS Good Hope another Drake Class armoured cruiser. The Good Hope underwent a refit in Portsmouth for much of Eldred’s time onboard.
- 30 Mar. Promoted to a Sub Lieutenant.
Transferred to the ship HMS Bellepheron.
- 30 Sept.10, Eldred was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
- On 26 May 1911, the Bellerophon was in a collision with the battlecruiser HMS Inflexible. Bellerophon received damage whilst Inflexible took bow damage which put her in the dockyard until November.
- 29 Jul. Booksmith was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 2 which had been built in 1906 and previously known as HMS Dragon Fly.
- 7 March 1915. Brooksmith served as a gunnery officer in Severn from 7 March 1915. In this capacity, he helped destroy the German cruiser Königsberg in the Rufiji delta with the assistance of aerial spotting.
- 29 July 1916 when he was appointed to Vengeance as a gunnery officer. The Vengeance was also in service in East Africa, during which she supported the capture of Dar es Salaam in German East Africa.
- 21 March. Transferred briefly to HMS Chester a Crusier that was built-in 1914.
- 4 May 1917, he was appointed to a new Light Cruiser that had only been launched in March, the HMS Ceres . Eldred’s role was to be the ships gunnery officer.
- June. HMS Ceres joined the Grand Fleet as part of the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron.
- 15 July 1917, Eldred was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross To receive the Distinguished Service Cross. Lieutenant Eldred Stuart Brooksmith., R.N. Was in sole command of the defences of the southern part of the defence lines at Bagamoyo, when he showed conspicuous ability; also contributed largely to the successful firing by the monitors. .
- HMS Ceres was part of the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron and in 1918 was operating in the Atlantic and Baltic areas the map below shows the movements of the ship in 1918 and in 1919 when it operated in the Meditteranean.
- 30 September 1918., Brooksmith was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander 
AFter the War
Promoted to Commander
Eldred continued with his Naval career and died while in service on 3.12.1931 Captain Eldred S Brooksmith from Iron Duke, gunnery training ship due to illness
- Dreadnought project
- Naval History.net
- Royal Navy Service Records
- Cheltenham College archives