Richard Lane-Poole

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Richard Hayden Owen Lane-Poole
Born 1 April 1883
Died 1971
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1898 – 1939
1939 – 1944
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HM Australian Squadron
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Richard Hayden Owen Lane-Poole KBE, CB (1 April 1883 – 1971) was a senior officer in the Royal Navy. He was the Rear Admiral Commanding His Majesty's Australian Squadron between 20 April 1936 and 21 April 1938.


Educated at Bedford School, Lane-Poole joined the Royal Navy on 15 January 1898 as a Cadet. He was promoted to Midshipman on 15 May 1899, Sub-Lieutenant on 15 June 1902, Lieutenant on 15 September 1904, Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September 1912 and Commander on 30 June 1916. Between 1919 and 1920 he was stationed at the Mining School at Portsmouth. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for valuable services to mine laying operations during World War I.[1] He served aboard HMS Hood in 1922 and was promoted to Captain on 30 June 1923. He served as the Captain of the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay, Australia between April 1924 and April 1927.[2] In 1929-31 he was captain of the Royal Navy College at Greenwich and later commanded the Royal Navy Barracks at Devonport.[3] He was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 8 May 1935 and was appointed to command His Majesty's Australian Squadron between 20 April 1936 and 21 April 1938. On 26 June 1936 he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath.[4] He was later promoted to Vice-Admiral on 11 January 1939 and placed on the retired list. During World War II he came out of retirement and served as commodore of convoys and director of demagnetization. On 1 January 1944 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[5]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31398. p. 7510. 10 June 1919. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  2. ^ p8. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic) Friday 30 August 1935
  3. ^ p.4 The Canberra Times (ACT) Friday 30 August 1935
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34299. p. 4089. 26 June 1936. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36309. p. 8. 31 December 1943. Retrieved 26 October 2009.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Wilbraham Ford
Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron
1936 – 1938
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Wilfred Custance