In several papers, W. Klingenberg has elaborated the connections between Hjelmslev planes and a class of rings, called H-rings (4; 5; 6), which are rings of coordinates for the corresponding Hjelmslev planes. Certain homomorphic images of valuation rings are examples of H-rings. In these examples, the lattice of (right) ideals of the ring, say R,is a chain, and the coordinatization of the corresponding Hjelmslev plane yields a natural embedding of the plane in the lattice L(R
3) of (right) submodules of the module R
3. Now, L(R
3) is a modular lattice with a homogeneous basis of order 3 given by the submodules a
1 = (1, 0, 0)R, a
2 = (0, 1, 0)R, a
2 = (0, 0, 1)R, and the sublattices L(N, ai) of elements less than or equal to ai
are chains. Forgetting about the ring, we find ourselves in the situation of a problem suggested by Skornyakov (7, Problem 23, p. 166), namely, to study modular lattices with a homogeneous basis of chains. Baer (2) and Inaba (3) investigated lattices of this kind with Desarguesian properties and assuming that the chains L(N, ai) were finite. Representations of the lattices by means of certain rings can be found in both articles.