Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin

Lieutenant Commander Rankin joined the RAN in 1921 and, between the wars, had postings in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Rankin returned to Australia in late 1941, and was engaged in hydrographic work near Sydney when Japan entered the war.  In late January 1942, he joined the sloop Yarra, assuming command on 11 February.  On 4 March 1942, Rankin was killed when Yarra was sunk protecting a convoy from a large Japanese naval force.  Rankin did not receive an honour for this action.

In 2011, Rankin was listed in the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour.  The following is a link to Chapter 22 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Rankin:

Chapter 22 – Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin

This Chapter should be read in conjunction with Chapter 21, HMAS Yarra.

Chapter 21 – HMAS Yarra

The Tribunal received 24 written submissions in relation to Lieutenant Commander Rankin.  These submissions are lised below.

Submissions Received

Submission 008 – Mr Bernard Higgins

Submission 045 – Commander Greg Swinden RAN

Submission 045A – Commander Greg Swinden RAN

Submission 086 – Mr John Bradford

Submission 092 – Mr Michael Carlton

Submission 099 – Mr Graham Wilson Annex G – Rankin

Submission 101 – Mr Gary Woodman

Submission 106 – Dr Tom Lewis

Submission 111 – Mr R E Popple

Submission 122 – Mr Clement Rankin

Submission 122A – Mr Clement Rankin

Submission 123 – The Naval Association of Australia

Submission 124 – Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 142 – Mr Graham Harris – Navy League of Australia

Submission 163 – Ms Patricia Rankin

Submission 167 – Mr Peter Ingman

Submission 167A – Mr Peter Ingman

Submission 167B – Mr Peter Ingman

Submission 172 – Mr Angus Walsh

Submission 172A – Mr Angus Walsh

Submission 185 – Mr Ralph Bull

Submission 185A – Mr Ralph Bull

Submission 197 – Ms Jennifer Witheriff

Submission 217 – Mr Peter Rankin_1

Submission 217 – Mr Peter Rankin_2

Submission 217 – Mr Peter Rankin_3

Submission 217 – Mr Peter Rankin_4

Submission 217 – Mr Peter Rankin_5


by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986