THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
SMITH William James Lanyon
temp Sub Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 9 November 1945, p5530
Sub Lieutenant W.J.L Smith was first lieutenant of the midget submarine XE3 under the command of Lieutenant Ian Fraser, RNR, which made a successful attack on the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao in Jahore Straits, Singapore on 31 July 1945.  Finding the ship aground or nearly so, the XE3 after forty minutes managed to place herself under the cruiser amidships, where she was jammed for a quarter of an hour.  The success of the mission was due to Sub Lieutenant Smith’s skill in handling and controlling his craft on the 80 mile trip.  The mechanical efficiency of the craft was greatly due to his organisation and personal supervision.

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Gazetted 31 May 1968, p6339
To be an Ordinary Officer of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order.
no details available

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star
Burma Star
       Pacific
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal

NOTES
Born 1 December 1922, Gore, New Zealand
Died