Lionel William Lendon Argles DSC, RN

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1 May 1932 S.Lt.
1 Feb 1934 Lt.
1 Feb 1942 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1946 Cdr.
30 Jun 1952 Capt.

Retired: 10 Jun 1961


3 Apr 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
21 Aug 1945 DSC
18 Sep 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
10 Jun 1961 CBE

Warship Commands listed for Lionel William Lendon Argles, RN

HMS Chiddingfold (L 31)Lt.Escort destroyer12 Aug 1941Apr 1943
HMS Vigilant (R 93)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer22 Jul 1943Jul 1945

Career information

Upon his retirement from active service in 1961 he became Captain Superintendant of HMS Worcester, The Incorporated Thames Nautical College, at Greenhithe Kent. He was the last serving captain to 'Worcester' until the closure of the ship to cadets in 1968.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Vigilant (R 93)

16 May 1945 (position 4.49, 99.42)
On 9 May 1945 the Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro and the Japanese destroyer Kamikaze (both offsite links) left Singapore for a transport run to the Andaman Islands. They were sighted the next day in Malakka Strait by the British submarines HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN). To intercept the Japanese ships a task force made up of 2 battleships, 1 heavy cruiser, 2 light cruisers, 4 escort carriers and 8 destroyers left Trincomalee. Aircraft from the escort carriers attacked the Nicobar Islands on the 11th, forcing Haguro and Kamikaze to head back to Singapore.

On the 14th the Japanese ships again depart from Singapore for the Andaman Islands. They were spotted the next day north-east of Sabang by aircraft the British escort carrier HMS Shah (Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN). A few hours later they were attacked by aircraft from the British escort carrier HMS Emperor (Capt. Sir C. Madden, RN) causing light damaged to Haguro. In the meantime Japanese aircraft have sighted Allied destroyers closing in on Haguro and once again the Japanese ships reverse course.

In anticipation on the Japanese reversal of course the commander of the British 26th DF, Capt. M.L. Power, CBE, DSO with Bar, RN on board HMS Saumarez and the other British destroyers HMS Venus (Cdr. H.G.D. De Chair, DSC with Bar, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, DSC, RN), HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, DSC, RN) and HMS Virago (Lt.Cdr. A.J.R. White, DSC, RN) plotted a course to intercept the Japanese ships which they did shortly before midnight on the 15th. After careful manoeuvring the destroyers began attacking the Japanese ships from all sides shortly after one o'clock on the 16th. The Haguro was hit by torpedoed and gunfire and sank around 0230hours in position 04°49'N, 99°42'E but not before she hit the Saumarez with gunfire. The escorting Japanese destroyer Kamikaze escapes with only minor damage.

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