Rory Chambers O'Conor, RN

Born  23 Sep 1898Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died  19 Dec 1941(43)HMS Neptune

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2 Aug 1914 Mid.
15 Mar 1917 A/S.Lt.
15 Sep 1917 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1919 Lt.
15 Apr 1927 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1931 Cdr.
30 Jun 1936 Capt.


Warship Commands listed for Rory Chambers O'Conor, RN

HMS Neptune (20)Capt.Light cruiser25 May 194019 Dec 1941 (+)

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Light cruiser HMS Neptune (20)

11 Jun 1940
Neptune sortied from Alexandria with the Mediterranean Fleet and elements of the French Fleet for a naval demonstration south of Crete. The Fleet bombarded Italian positions on the Libyan coast, Neptune shelling Bardia before returning to base on 14/6.

Jul 1940
Neptune was present at the Battle of Punta Stilo on 9 July then moved back to the Eastern Med, scouting into the Gulf of Athens with HMAS Sydney and sinking a small tanker.
The appearance of more German raiders in the Atlantic caused her redeployment to Freetown, Sierra Leone, by November 1940.

May 1941 (position 43.29, -24.04)
Under refit at Chatham from February to May. On completion of the work hunted for the German supply ships intended to support the Bismarck.
On 4 June 1941 assisted in the interception of Gonzenheim, sinking her by torpedo north of the Azores in position 43?29'N, 24?04'W.

29 Nov 1941
Transferred to Force "B", based on Malta. On arrival she was allocated to Force "K".

19 Dec 1941
While on their way to intercept an Italian convoy bound for Tripoli the British Force K (light cruisers HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Aurora (Capt. W.G. Agnew, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Lance (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN), HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, DSC, RN) ran into an newly laid Italian minefield. HMS Neptune and HMS Kandahar sank while HMS Aurora was badly and HMS Penelope was slightly damaged. HMS Aurora was patched up at Malta before returning home for repairs at Liverpool from April to June 1942. HMS Penelope was repaired at Malta until January 1942.

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