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)

6 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Aurora (Capt. Sir W.G. Agnew, RN, now flying the flag of A/Admiral J.C. Tovey, KCB, DSO, RN, C-in-C Home Fleet) departed the Seidisfiord around 1000/6 for Scapa Flow where she arrived around 1030/7.

A/Admiral Tovey and his staff were then disembarked. (1)

18 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1300/18, the light cruiser HMS Aurora (Commodore W.G. Agnew, CB, RN) and the destroyers HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN), HMS Quilliam (Capt. S.H. Carlill, DSO, RN), HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Leonard, RN), ORP Piorun (Cdr. S.T. Dzienisiewicz), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. R.H.C. Wyld, RN) departed Malta for a sweep along the south coast of Calabria. No shipping was sighted. One aircraft was shot down by HMS Ilex.

Around 1045/19, HMS Troubridge, HMS Tumult, HMS Quilliam, HMS Offa and ORP Piorun were detached to hunt a reported U-boat.

HMS Aurora, HMS Ilex and HMS Echo returned to Malta around 1420/19.

HMS Troubridge, HMS Tumult, HMS Quilliam, HMS Offa and ORP Piorun returned to Malta around 0145/20. (2)


  1. ADM 53/113679
  2. ADM 53/116991 + ADM 199/640

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