Lt-Cdr Ronald John Hanson

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HMS Ulster

Lt-Cdr Ronald John Hanson, DSO, DSC, who commanded five destroyers during the Second World War, retired to Jersey in 1956 and spent the last 40 years of his life in the island. He is buried in the cemetery of St Brelade’s Parish Church.

He married twice to Jersey women, Dorothy May Balleine and Marjorie Le Brocq.

Commands

He commanded HMS Keppel from October 1940 to February 1941, and then took charge of HMS Lincoln until November that year, when he was given the command of HMS Albrighton. He served on this vessel for almost two years, before taking charge of HMS Ulysses in September 1943. His final wartime command was HMS Ulster, from October 1944 until June 1945.

On 20 May 1941 he was in command of HMS Lincoln when it rescued the crew and passengers of the merchant vessel Javanese Prince, which was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat off the Outer Hebrides.

In December 1942 HMS Albrighton was with five other destroyers which attacked German shipping in the English Channel.

On 1 April 1845 HMS Ulster was damaged by a Japanese Kamikaze aircraft while operating with the British Pacific Fleet off Okinawa and had to be towed to safety by tne New Zealand light cruiser Gambia.

Awards

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in August 1942 when involved in action off Cap Barfleur, in the English Channel. In October 1942 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his part in Operation Jubilee, off Dieppe, and the following July he was awarded a bar to the DSO for his part in action with an enemy convoy.

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