Robert Henry Douglas Lane, RN

Born  15 Feb 1896
Died  27 Apr 1941(45)HMS Wryneck (i) (D 21)

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15 Sep 1913 Mid.
15 Sep 1915 A/S.Lt.
15 Apr 1916 S.Lt.
15 Aug 1917 A/Lt.
15 Oct 1917 Lt.
15 Oct 1925 Lt.Cdr.
15 Feb 1941 Cdr. (retired)

Retired: 15 Feb 1941


11 Oct 1940 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Robert Henry Douglas Lane, RN

HMS Wryneck (i) (D 21)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer26 Jul 194027 Apr 1941 (+)

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Destroyer HMS Wryneck (i) (D 21)

26 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy AG 9

This convoy departed Alexandria on 26 March 1941 for Pireaus where all ships arrived on 29 March 1941.

The convoy was made up of the merchant vessels Brattdal (Norwegian, 4968 GRT, built 1935), Corinthia (Greek, 3721 GRT, built 1911), Hellas (Greek, 2081 GRT, built 1916), Port Halifax (British, 5820 GRT, built 1937) , Thermopylae (Norwegian, 6655 GRT, built 1930) and the naval transport HMS Ulster Prince (3791 GRT, built 1930).

Escort was provided by the Greek destroyer RHS Vasilefs Georgios (Cdr. P. Lappas), Australian destroyers HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN), HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and the British destroyer HMS Wryneck (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H.D. Lane, RN).

The AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) joined the convoy around 0800 hours on the 28th near position 33°04’N, 26°32’E. She had departed Suda Bay in the evening of the 27th.

The convoy was routed to pass through the Kythera Channel during the night of 28/29 March 1941.

Italian warships were reported at sea and the convoy was then delayed and kept to the east of the Mediterranean Fleet during the Battle of Cape Matapan. (1)


  1. ADM 199/414

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