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Lay, Horatio Nelson

Date of birth:
January 23rd, 1903 (Skagway/Alaska, United States)
Date of death:
1988 (Dundas/Ontario, Canada)
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


22 September 1918: Naval Cadet
1 September 1921: Midshipman
1 January 1924: Acting Sub-Lieutenant
1 July 1924: Sub-Lieutenan
1 November 1925: Lieutenant
1 November 1933: Lieutenant-Commander
1 July 1940: Commander
15 October 1943: Acting Captain
1 January 1945: Captain
12 April 1948: Acting Commodore
1 January 1949: Commodore
1 November 1954: Rear-Admiral
21 October 1958: Retired

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Second World War (1939-1945)
H.M.C.S. Restigouche (H00), Royal Canadian Navy
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1941
Awarded for:
Operation Dynamo
"In recognition of services during the 1940 withdrawal of Polish troops from France."
Krzyz Walecznych
Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Captain
Operational Division, Admiralty, British Government
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1943
"For gallantry and distinguished services before the enemy. This Officer was in command of one of HMC Destroyers engaged in convoy and other duties in United Kingdom waters in the early part of the war, and assisted in the evacuations from France. As Senior Officer of a convoy escort group in the Atlantic over a considerable period, his keenness and efficiency were an inspiration to those serving under his command."
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Captain
HMS. Nabob (D77), Royal Navy
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1944
Mentioned in Despatches
"For good service when his ship HMS Nabob was damaged." (Canada Gazette Citation)
"For courage, resolution and skill in Northern waters" (London Gazette Citation)