Commander Charles Layton Lepel Glass entered the Royal Navy as a Cadet in January 1921, attained the rank of Sub. Lieutenant in May 1928 and spent two or three years in Submarines at the end of that decade. Advanced to Lieutenant in July 1930, Glass went on to serve in the Mediterranean, and off the coast of Palestine, in H.M.S. Delhi during the late 1930s, his final pre-War seagoing appointment being aboard the Rodney.
Having been advanced to Lieutenant-Commander in July 1938, he joined the Cruiser Devonshire as a Senior Executive Officer in March 1940 and remained with her all the way through to March 1943, when she returned home for a major refit. During that period the Devonshire won Battle Honours for 'Norway 1940', when she embarked the Norwegian Royal Family (and the nation's gold reserve) and received the last message to be sent by the ill-fated Aircraft Carrier Glorious; 'Arctic 1941', when she participated in several important pre-P.Q. Convoys, including the very first one to deliver armaments to the U.S.S.R.; and 'Diego Suarez 1942', when she was responsible for a successful bombardment of Vichy forces on Madagascar, in support of an assault by the R.M. Commandos - back in November 1941, she had contributed to the capture of a Vichy convoy in the Indian Ocean. But she will probably be best remembered for her destruction of the German Raider Atlantis in November 1941:
'... [Devonshire's] first salvo lay short, the second questionably left but covering, the third was a hit through the battery deck and into the aircraft's hold, which immediately caught fire ... Devonshire's double turrets pumped 30 salvos at the hapless ship, killing seven men on board and in the water and wounding a score of others, two of whom later died ... Atlantis was taking hits in hatches No. 4 and 5, the torpedo room, the aft control position, and her bridge, which was already untenable due to the fire forward. All communications were dead. The forward magazine, abreast the foremast and two decks below, blew up at 0958, and Lieutenant H.J. Fehler was told to trigger off the scuttling charges at 1016. The Raider went down without her battle flag flying ... '.
Glass, who at least one obituarist described as having had 'a brilliant war record', ended the conflict with appointments at Portsmouth and Greenwich and was placed on the Retired List in the rank of Commander in July 1951.