Glen Loftus Cant, RAN

Born  7 Jun 1902Glenelg, Victoria, Australia


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Ranks

1 Jan 1920 Mid.
1 May 1922 A/S.Lt.
15 Dec 1922 S.Lt.
15 Dec 1924 Lt.
15 Dec 1932 Lt.Cdr.
10 Nov 1941 A/Cdr.
1 Jun 1955 Cdr. (emergency)

Retired: 7 Jun 1962


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Glen Loftus Cant, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Vendetta (D 69)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer29 Sep 193823 Feb 1940
HMAS Maryborough (J 195)Lt.Cdr.Minesweeper6 Feb 194123 May 1943
HMAS Adelaide (D 47)A/Cdr.Light cruiser14 Dec 194425 Feb 1945

Career information

Transferred to the Emergency List on 7 June 1943

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMAS Vendetta (D 69)


2 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0100K/2, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) departed Garden Island, Sydney for an A/S patrol off Sydney. She returned around 1035K/2. (1)

2 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900K/3, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) departed Garden Island, Sydney for an A/S patrol off Sydney. At 2050K/3, she received the signal that war had been declared on Germany. (1)

4 Sep 1939
Around 0015K/4, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN), which is on an A/S patrol off Sydney, receives orders to proceed to position 090°, Port Stephens, 100 nautical miles to intercept possible enemy merchant ships or raiders. (1)

6 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1300K/6, HMAS Canberra (Commodere. W.R. Patterson, CVO, RN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN), which had both been on patrol, made rendezvous off Sydney. They then carried out gunnery exercises following which they entered Sydney harbour. (2)

8 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (Commodere. W.R. Patterson, CVO, RN), destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) and the sloops HMAS Swan (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Prevost, RN) and HMAS Yarra (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Harrington, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Sydney. (2)

10 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0041K/10, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) departed Garden Island, Sydney for an A/S patrol off Sydney. She returned around 1135K/10. (1)

12 Sep 1939
Around 1100K/12, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) arrived at Newcastle, New South Wales.

She departed again around 0800K/14 for exercises off Sydney. (1)

21 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Adelaide (Cdr. H.A. Showers, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) both arrived at Williamstown (near Melbourne) from Sydney. (3)

22 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip. (1)

23 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip. (1)

25 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip. (1)

26 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip. (1)

27 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip. (1)

28 Sep 1939
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip on completion of which course was set for Sydney.

[No report of proceedings is available for HMAS Vendetta for October 1939 so some details for this month might be missing.] (1)

16 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) arrived at Penang where Lt. E.D. Hull was landed and taken to the Penang General Hospital. HMAS Vendetta departed for Colombo later the same day. (4)

19 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) arrived at Colombo from Penang. (4)

24 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) departed Colombo for an A/S patrol near Colombo. (4)

26 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) returned to Colombo from patrol. Before entering harbour she conducted gunnery exercises. (4)

21 Dec 1939
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Malta.

Around 2100B/21, HMAS Vendetta departed Malta to search for a BOAC aircraft (Lockheed 14 Super Electra G-AFYU) which was lost between Alexandria and Malta. (5)

23 Dec 1939
Around 0710B/23, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) returned to Malta after having been recalled. She had found no trace of the missing aircraft.

Three passengers and two crew were killed, three passengers and three crew were rescued by a ship. The aircraft had ditched some 300 miles (480 km) north-west of Alexandria, Egypt. (6)

12 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) arrived at Alexandria from Malta. (7)

15 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The aircraft carrier HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D’Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN). (7)

24 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Malta. (7)

25 Jan 1940
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) departed Malta for escort duty with convoy Cavalry 1.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy Cavalry 1 ' for 23 January 1940.] (7)

29 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) arrived at Haifa with convoy ' Cavalry 1 '. (7)

31 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) departed Haifa for Malta. (7)

2 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) arrived at Malta from Haifa. (8)

12 Feb 1940
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) and the troopship / liner Andes (British, 25689 GRT, built 1939) arrived at Alexandria. (8)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1939
  2. Report of proceedings of HMA Squadron + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1939
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for September 1939 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1939
  4. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for November 1939
  5. Report of proceedings of the Australian Destroyer Flotilla + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for November 1939 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for December 1939
  6. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for December 1939
  7. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for January 1940
  8. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for February 1940


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