Hector Macdonald Laws Waller DSO, RAN

Born  4 Apr 1900Benalla, Victoria, Australia
Died  1 Mar 1942(41)HMAS Perth (D 29)

Ranks

31 Dec 1913 Cadet
1 Jan 1918 Mid.
1 Sep 1919 A/S.Lt.
1 Oct 1919 S.Lt.
1 Mar 1921 Lt.
1 Mar 1929 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1934 Cdr.
30 Jun 1940 Capt.

Decorations

11 Sep 1940 DSO
29 Jul 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Nov 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
3 Feb 1942 Bar to DSO

Warship Commands listed for Hector Macdonald Laws Waller, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Stuart (D 00)Cdr.Destroyer1 Sep 193926 Sep 1940
HMAS Vampire (D 68)Capt.Destroyer26 Sep 194027 Dec 1940
HMAS Voyager (D 31)Capt.Destroyer27 Dec 19409 Jan 1941
HMAS Stuart (D 00)Capt.Destroyer11 Jan 194121 Aug 1941
HMAS Perth (D 29)Capt.Light cruiser24 Oct 19411 Mar 1942 (+)

Career information

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Destroyer HMAS Stuart (D 00)


28 Mar 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) was attached to Adm Cunningham battleships during the Battle of Matapan. On the night of 29/3 she attempted scuttling the disabled Italian heavy cruiser Zara but all 4 of her torpedoes missed.

24 Apr 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) evacuated Greek & British troops from Navplion harbour, Crete, to Alexandria.

26 Apr 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) rescued 600 stranded troops from Tolon Bay, Crete, ferried them to Navplion and transferred them to light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN) then returned to Tolon and embarked more, taking them to Suda Bay.
In the evening of 27 April sailed from Suda escorting convoy GA.14, consisting of troopship Glenearn, evacuating troops, with light cruiser HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN) destroyer HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and corvette Hyacinth (A/Lt.Cdr. F.C. Hopkins, RNR).

21 May 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) sailed from Alexandria with the other Australian destroyers HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN) to join the cruiser force of Adm Rawlings off Crete, but was diverted to search for survivors of cruisers Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) and Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, DSO, RN) sunk by the Luftwaffe. Stuart was unable to locate any of them and returned to Alexandria.

25 May 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) sailed from Alexandria escorting the troopship Glenroy, heading for Tymbaki, Greece, but air attacks compelled the abandonment of the attempt and both ships were back in Alexandria in the evening of the 26th.

29 May 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) sailed from Alexandria in company of destroyers Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine RN) and Defender (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, RN) to cover the return of evacuation transport Glengyle.


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