A Victoria Cross decorated World War I submariner has been honoured with a blue plaque at his birth place in Barnes.

Blue plaque: Unveiled on Saturday

Lieutenant Commander Martin Eric Nasmith was born on April 1, 1883, at 136 Castelnau, which was originally known as Castelnau Gardens, Bridge Road.

Lt-Cdr Nasmith joined the Royal Navy at the age of 14 in 1897, gained the rank of lieutenant in 1904 and during WWI when he was in command of HM Submarine E11, was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Among his achievements during his service, he managed to penetrate the heavily guarded Dardanelles and enter the Sea of Marmara in 1915, was in charge of the seventh submarine flotilla in the Baltic and was captain of HMS Iron Duke.

In retirement, Lt-Cdr Nasmith became vice-chairman of the Imperial War Graves Commission, vice-admiral of the United Kingdom and president of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.

To mark the plaque unveiling, 60 guests, including members of the Dunbar-Nasmith family, friends and relatives of the new owners of the home - Simon and Katie Cooper - and veteran and serving submariners came together at the Barnes home.

The commemoration service on Saturday, April 11, was led by Reverend David Cooke from St Helen's Holy Trinity, Barnes, and Admiral Sir James Perowne gave a detailed description of Lt-Cdr Nasmith's career and the deed which led to his Victoria Cross award.

Honourable attendees: Reverend David Cooke, the deputy mayor of Richmond Peter Buckwell and Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE

Lieutenant Commander Frank (Sandy) Powell, from the Royal Navy national management committee submariners association, said: "I consider that the day was a resounding success with over 60 people in attendance and we are very much in debt to our hosts Mr and Mrs Cooper who worked hard to achieve this.

"It is also very poignant for the Submariners Association to be able to commemorate Lt-Cdr Nasmith in 2015, 100 years after he carried out the deed and when the nation has been reflecting on the Great War and the heroism of so many in service of our country.

"I am sure that Mr and Mrs Cooper, family and friends and the Dunbar-Nasmith family that attended will agree that the plaque will remain a fitting reminder for future generations of the daring exploits of this very brave man."