Sir William Gladstone Agnew DSO, RN

Born  2 Dec 1898Paddington, London
Died  12 Jul 1960(61)

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2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Mar 1917 A/S.Lt.
15 Oct 1917 S.Lt.
15 Aug 1919 Lt.
15 Aug 1927 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1932 Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Capt.
8 Jan 1947 Rear-Admiral
4 Oct 1950 Vice-Admiral (retired)

Retired: 11 Jan 1950


11 Nov 1941 CB
6 Apr 1943 DSO
2 Jul 1943 CVO
23 May 1944 Bar to DSO
12 Jun 1947 KCVO

Warship Commands listed for William Gladstone Agnew, RN

HMS Corfu (F 86)Capt.Armed Merchant Cruiser18 Sep 193915 Sep 1940
HMS Aurora (12)Capt.Light cruiser1 Oct 194011 Nov 1943
HMS Dido (37)Capt.Light cruiser11 Nov 194315 Nov 1943

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Light cruiser HMS Aurora (12)

9 Nov 1941 (position 37.08, 18.09)
The British Force K, made up of the British light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. W.G. Agnew, RN) and HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Lance (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) and HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN), intercept an Italian convoy about 130 nautical south-west off Calabria in approximate position 37°08'N, 18°09'E. The Italian convoy is bound from Naples to Tripoli.

In the resulting battle the Italian destroyer Fulmine is sunk as well as the German transports Duisburg (7389 GRT) and San Marco (3113 GRT), the Italian transports Maria (6339 GRT), Sagitta (5153 GRT) and Rina Corrado (5180 GRT), and the Italian Conte di Misurata (5014 GRT) and Minatitlan (7599 GRT). The Italian destroyers Grecale and Euro are damaged.

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