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Harold Lang DSM
Engineer Commander


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This picture was taken on the 5th or 6th November 1941 in Durban, South Africa. I believe the tall officer on the right of Jan Smuts is 
Captain Tennant and my grandfather Harold Lang is the second officer behind the right shoulder of Jan Smuts, not the one immediately 
on Jan Smuts right shoulder. Unfortunately I do not know who any of the other officers or crew are.

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I do not have a date for this picture, but believe my grandfather to be the fourth officer from the right. Again I do not know who 
the other officers are.

Supplements to the London Gazette:

4th August 1921.
Acting Eng. Lieut. Harold Lang to be Eng. Lieut. 1st July 1920.

4th July 1933.
Engineer Lieutenant Commander to Engineer Commander.
Harold Lang D.S.M.

1st January 1941.
The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the Appointments to the Distinguished Service Order, and to approve the 
awards, as shown below, for outstanding zeal, patience and cheerfulness, and for never failing to set an example of wholehearted 
devotion to duty, with-out which the high tradition of the Royal Navy could not have been upheld:

Mention in Despatches
Engineer Commander Harold Lang DSM

Commander Harold Lang died when HMS Repulse was sunk.

My mother was Pamela Cooper nee Lang. Sadly she passed away in May 2001. Her father, (my Grandfather) was Engineer Commander Harold Lang, DSM onboard HMS Repulse.

I also have some other photographs but I believe these to be the best two. I have a framed newspaper cutting that shows the 
Repulse and lists all the crew.

Kind regards
Graham Cooper

Please contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.

Andy Wade (Webmaster)

Information provided by
Graham Cooper.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Engineer Commander, Royal Navy
Additional Information: Age 49. Husband of Ethel Lang, of Mannamead, Plymouth.
Mentioned in Despatches for bravery.
Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 44, Column 3.