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1939-1945

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Abbott,
John
J. Abbott

06.02.1901
Bath, UK
-
?

[07.1952 still alive]
Cadet Midsh.
31.12.1914
Midsh.
01.01.1919
A/S.Lt.
15.01.1921
S.Lt.
15.02.1921
Lt.
15.01.1923 (retd 29.01.1923)
Lt.Cdr. (retd)
15.01.1931 (emgcy 17.08.1940) (reld 30.06.1942)
31.12.1914


joined RAN
31.12.1914
-
31.12.1918
HMAS Cerberus (for RAN College)
01.01.1919
-
06.05.1919
HMAS Cerberus
07.05.1919
-
02.1920
HMS Monarch
02.1920
-
08.1920
HMS Renown
08.1920
-
19.09.1920
HMAS Australia (battlecruiser)
20.09.1920
-
14.01.1921
HMAS Brisbane (light cruiser)
15.01.1921
-
14.06.1921
HMAS Australia (battlecruiser)
15.06.1921
-
05.10.1921
HMAS Success (torpedo boat destroyer) [based at HMAS Anzac (flotilla leader)]
06.10.1921
-
20.11.1921
HMAS Geranium (sloop)
21.11.1921
-
08.01.1922
HMAS Brisbane (light cruiser)
09.01.1922
-
15.01.1923
HMAS Stalwart (torpedo-boat destroyer) [based at HMAS Marguerite (sloop), from 13.07.1922 HMAS Platypus (destroyer depot ship) (additional)]
16.01.1923
-
29.01.1923
HMAS Penguin (additional; for retirement)
17.08.1940
-
27.10.1940
HMAS Cerberus (additional)
28.10.1940
-
10.01.1941
HMAS Penguin (additional)
11.01.1941
-
13.01.1941
Commanding Officer, HMS Goolgwai (temporary) [borne at HMAS Penguin]
14.01.1941
-
16.02.1941
HMAS Penguin (additional)
17.02.1941
-
18.12.1941
HMAS Brisbane (additional)
19.12.1941
-
06.1942
Commanding Officer, HMAS Townsville (on commissioning)
06.1942
-
30.06.1942
HMAS Townsville (additional)
30.06.1942


discharged [HMAS Melville]
Abraham *,
Sydney Joseph Leon
S.J.L. Abraham
* name change by deed poll 17.02.1948: Abraham-Wilms

Army record

14.06.1908
Prahran, Vic.
-

died between 08.1989 and 12.1998
Prob. Sg.Lt. (D)
07.02.1938
Sg.Lt. (D)
03.1939, seniority 07.02.1938
Sg.Lt.Cdr. (D)
07.02.1944 (retd 13.08.1945)

LDS, BDSc

07.02.1938


joined RAN
07.02.1938
-
23.05.1939
HMAS Cerberus
24.05.1939
-
03.02.1941
HMAS Hobart (cruiser)
04.02.1941
-
27.10.1942
HMAS Cerberus
28.10.1942
-
02.1944
HMAS Leeuwin (Base Staffs, Fremantle, Albany, Geraldton and Port Hedland)
02.1944
-
07.04.1944
HMAS Leeuwin (Base Staffs, Fremantle, Albany, Geraldton and Port Hedland) (additional)
08.04.1944
-
04.1945
HMAS Penguin
04.1945
-
12.08.1945
HMAS Shropshire (cruiser)
Adams,
John McLauchlan
J.M. Adams
Married Evelyn ...

03.08.1914
Broken Hill, NSW
-

14.10.1986
Surfers Paradise, Qld.
Cadet Midsh.
01.01.1928
Midsh.
01.05.1932
A/S.Lt.
01.09.1934
S.Lt.
16.03.1935
Lt.
16.12.1937
A/Lt.Cdr.
01.05.19145
Lt.Cdr.
16.12.1945
Cdr.
30.06.1949 (emgcy 22.09.1961)
A/Capt.
06.09.1954
Hon. Capt.
22.09.1961?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1946
New Year 46
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1941
New Year 41
01.01.1928
-
31.07.1930
joined RAN, Melbourne, Vic. (college)
01.08.1930
-
20.01.1932
HMAS Cerberus (for RAN College)
21.01.1932
-
11.01.1933
HMAS Australia
12.01.1933
-
08.02.1933
London Depot RAN
09.02.1933
-
07.05.1933
HMS Sussex (cruiser) (Mediterranean)
08.05.1933
-
28.08.1933
HMS Antelope
29.08.1933
-
24.03.1934
HMS Sussex (cruiser)
25.03.1934
-
08.08.1934
HMS Durban
09.08.1934
-
22.08.1934
HMS Resolution
23.08.1934
-
26.09.1934
HMS Victory I
27.09.1934
-
31.03.1935
promotion course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
01.04.1935
-
23.08.1935
promotion course, Portsmouth [HMS Excellent]
24.08.1935
-
08.11.1935
HMS Dryad
09.11.1935
-
29.01.1936
HMAS Cerberus
30.01.1936
-
06.08.1937
HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
07.08.1937
-
01.06.1938
HMAS Vendetta (destroyer)
02.06.1938
-
23.11.1938
HMAS Sydney (cruiser)
24.11.1938
-
07.01.1942
London Depot RAN:
24.11.1938
-
16.11.1939
HMS Osprey
17.11.1939
-
31.03.1940
HMS Conqueror (boys' training ship, Portsmouth)
01.04.1940
-
31.07.1940
HMS Osprey
01.08.1940
-
23.09.1940
HMS Acheron [based at HMS Victory III]
24.09.1940
-
31.12.1940
HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
01.01.1941
-
31.07.1941
HMS Veteran (destroyer) [based at HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
01.08.1941
-
12.11.1941
HMS Broke [based at HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
13.11.1941
-
31.12.1941
HMS Western Isles
01.01.1942
-
07.01.1942
London Depot RAN
08.01.1942
-
13.12.1942
HMAS Rushcutter
14.12.1942
-
31.01.1943
HMAS Napier
01.02.1943
-
21.09.1943
HMS Tana [borne on London Depot RAN]
22.09.1943
-
15.01.1944
HMS Highflyer [borne on London Depot RAN]
16.01.1944
-
06.07.1945
Anti-Submarine Officer, HMS Woolwich (destroyer depot ship) [borne on London Depot RAN]
07.07.1945
-
28.08.1945
HMAS Penguin
29.08.1945
-
23.05.1948
Commanding Officer, HMAS Murchison (frigate) [borne on HMAS Moreton]
24.05.1948
-
30.07.1948
HMAS Kanimbla (for passage)
31.07.1948
-
15.12.1948
HMS Glory [borne on London Depot RAN]
16.12.1948
-
14.09.1949
HMAS Sydney
15.09.1949
-
31.07.1951
HMAS Cerberus
01.08.1951
-
24.06.1952
HMAS Australia
25.06.1952
-
30.11.1952
HMAS Sydney
01.12.1952
-
25.07.1954
HMAS Australia
26.07.1954
-
02.04.1957
Director of Naval Intelligence, RAN, Navy Office [HMAS Lonsdale]
03.04.1957
-
03.05.1957
HMAS Penguin (for leave)
04.05.1957
-
27.04.1959
HMAS Tarangau
28.04.1959
-
24.07.1959
HMAS Penguin (Naval OFficer-in-Charge, New Guinea)
25.07.1959
-
(07.1961)
Commanding Officer, HMAS Lonsdale (RAN depot, Port Melbourne) & as Naval Officer-in-Charge, Victoria and as Sea Transport Officer
22.09.1961


discharged [HMAS Lonsdale]
* indexed, but not listed as such
** (10.1943) - (12.1943) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Ahern,
William Roy
W.R. Ahern

08.09.1914
Kilcoy, Qld.
-
T/Eng.S.Lt. RANVR (on prob.)
31.07.1940
T/Lt. (E) (on prob.)
06.03.1941
T/Lt. (E)
1944?, seniority 06.03.1941 (reld 22.01.1946)
12.08.1940
-
26.08.1940
joined RAN, Brisbane, Qld. [HMAS Brisbane]
27.08.1940
-
10.1940
HMAS Cerberus (additional)
10.1940
-
03.11.1940
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage in US 6)
04.11.1940
-
02.12.1941
HMAS Canberra (additional)
02.12.1941
-
14.04.1942
HMAS Penguin (for D/G duties)
15.04.1942
-
17.01.1943
HMAS Leeuwin (duty with DG etc.)
18.01.1943
-
11.12.1943
HMAS Magnetic (additional; Assistant to BEO and D/G duties)
12.12.1943
-
08.03.1944
HMAS Gympie [based at HMAS Platypus]
09.03.1944
-
27.05.1945
HMAS Vendetta (destroyer) [based at HMAS Ladava, from 01.10.1944 HMAS Madang]
28.05.1945
-
15.07.1945
HMAS Vendetta (additional)
16.07.1945
-
01.1946
HMAS Cerberus (additional)
01.1946
-
22.01.1946
HMAS Lonsdale (additional; for discharge)
* indexed, but not listed as such
1973 recipient of the James Harrison Medal of the AIRAH (the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Heating).
Alcorn,
Cyril David
C.D. Alcorn

16.07.1911
Mutdapilly, Qld.
-
15.05.1972
T/Chapl.
08.12.1942 (reld 18.04.1946)
08.12.1942


joined RAN, Brisbane, Qld.
(06.1943)
-
(06.1944)
no appointment listed
06.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMAS Shropshire (cruiser) *
18.04.1946


discharged [HMAS Moreton]
* (04.1946) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Alexander,
Norman Grahame
N.G. Alexander

05.01.1921
Sydney, NSW
-
T/S.Lt. (E)
21.01.1943
T/Lt. (E)
? (reld 28.10.1946)
08.02.1943


joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
(04.1944)
-
(06.1944)
no appointment listed
08.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMAS Napier
(04.1946)


HMAS Moreton (Base Staff, Brisbane)
28.10.1946


discharged [HMAS Rushcutter]
Alexander,
Ralph Mervyn
R.M. Alexander

07.01.1917
Sydney, NSW
-
T/.Lt. (E)
12.11.1942 (retd 21.05.1946)
01.01.1942


joined RAN, Hobart
02.03.1942
-
(08.1943)
HMAS Adelaide (cruiser) *
(07.1945)
-
(04.1946)
HMAS Melville (Base Staff, Darwin)
21.05.1946


discharged [HMAS Huon]
* (10.1943) - (06.1944) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Allan,
William Evan Crawford
W.E.C. Allan

24.07.1899
Bega, NSW
-
02.2001 still alive
Boy Seaman
13.03.1914 [3739]
Ordinary  Seaman
19.07.1915?
Able Seaman
09.10.1917
Leading Seaman
13.11.1919
Petty Officer
16.06.1922
Chief Petty Officer
23.01.1933
Prob. T/A/Boatsw.
?
T/Boatsw.
?, seniority 09.07.1942
T/Lt.
> 04.1946 (reld 30.10.1947)

1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; War Medal; Australia Service Medal; 1935 King's Silver Jubilee Medal; 1937 Coronation Medal; Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

1915, 1916 and 1917 Chevrons in recognition of his wartime seagoing service

13.03.1914


joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
13.03.1914


HMAS Tingira
19.07.1915


HMAS Encounter
?


HMAS Cerberus
28.11.1918


HMAS Sydney
16.09.1919


HMAS Brisbane
06.08.1922


HMAS Adelaide
18.06.1926


HMAS Tingira
01.07.1927


HMAS Penguin
15.10.1927


HMAS Melbourne
24.05.1928


HMAS Australia
17.06.1929


HMAS Penguin
24.01.1933


HMAS Albatross
25.08.1933


(Pembroke) HMAS Stuart
05.07.1934


HMAS Canberra
1939

HMS Moreton Bay (armed merchant cruiser)
31.01.1937
-
20.08.1941
HMAS Penguin
20.08.1941
-
?
HMS Victory
?
-
08.07.1942
HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
27.01.1945
-
(05.1945)
HMAS Australia (cruiser)
25.05.1945
-
(04.1946)
HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
30.10.1947


discharged [HMAS Lonsdale]
Member of the Australian contingent that participated in the Coronation of His Majesty King George VI (1937).
Allard,
Charles
C. Allard

11.08.1861
Greenwich, UK
-
?

Cd.Eng.
01.10.1911 (retd 16.08.1917)
(02.1943)
-
(04.1946)
no appointment listed; doesn't seem to have seen any active service in Wolrd War II; his name was finally removed from the Navy List in January 1956
Amos,
Oswald Trethewey
O.T. Amos

Son of Walter Gilmour Amos and Mabel (Trethewey) Amos.
Married Martha E. ...; children (one son?).

10.12.1909
Fitzroy, Vict.
-
08.10.1986
Sg.Lt. (D) (prob)
25.01.1937
Sg.Lt. (D)
24.02.1938, seniority 25.01.1937
22.06.1939, seniority 25.07.1936
Sg.Lt.Cdr. (D)
25.07.1942 (retd 13.04.1949)
Education: LDS, BDSc
Melbourne Dental Hospital, half-time 09.1934-07.1936, full-time 08.1936-12.1936.
25.01.1937


joined RAN,  Melbourne, Vict.
25.01.1937
-
13.02.1938
HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (additional)
14.02.1938
-
12.04.1938
HMAS Penguin (RAN depot ship, Sydney, NSW)
13.04.1938
-
29.05.1939
HMAS Canberra (cruiser) [from 13-14.04.1938 & 26-29.05.1939 additional]
30.05.1939
- 05.09.1939 HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (additional)
06.09.1939
-
16.02.1940
HMAS Australia (cruiser) [from 14-16.02.1940 additional]
17.02.1940
-
10.01.1943
HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
11.01.1943
-
28.04.1944
HMAS Assault (RAN combined
operations training establishment, Ports Stephens, NSW)
29.04.1944
-
04.10.1944
HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
05.10.1944
-
24.12.1945
HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle) & as Port Dental Officer
25.12.1945
-
13.04.1949
HMAS Lonsdale (RAN Depot, Port Melbourne) [from 03.1949 additional for discharge]
Amott,
Oswald Thomas
O.T. Amott

23.02.1909
Karachi, India
-
08.1973 still alive
Midsh. (E)
01.05.1928
A/S.Lt. (E)
01.09.1930
S.Lt. (E)
01.03.1931
Lt. (E)
01.12.1932 (emgcy > 02.1936, < 02.1937)
Lt.Cdr. (E) (emgcy)
01.12.1940
04.02.1925


joined RAN
03.05.1928
-
(07.1932)
engineering course, RN Engineering College, Keyham
21.07.1932
-
(01.1934)
HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
19.04.1935
-
(02.1936)
HMAS Penguin (depot ship, NSW)
(02.1943)
-
(06.1944)
HMAS Lonsdale (Base Staff, Port Melbourne and Williamstown)
(07.1945)


HMAS Kurunda (Base Staff, Cairns)
23.01.1946


discharged [HMAS Moreton]
Anderson,
Peter Corsar
P.C. Anderson

06.07.1900
Geelong, Vic.
-
07.1959 still alive
Midsh. 01.01.1918
A/S.Lt. 01.01.1920
S.Lt. 01.04.1920
Lt. 15.05.1921
Lt.Cdr.
15.05.1929 (emgcy > 08.1929, < 02.1931)
01.07.1928
-
(08.1929)
Gunnery Officer, HMAS Anzac (flotilla leader) (and for Floilla duties)
01.08.1940
-
(07.1945)
Gunnery Instructional Centre, HMAS Rushcutter
(04.1946)


no appointment listed
Anderson,
Robert Andrew
R.A. Anderson

20.08.1928
Clifton, Qld.
-
Midsh.
01.01.1942 (reld? 20.09.1945)
28.01.1942


joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
(07.1945)


no appointment listed
20.09.1945


discharged [HMAS Cerberus]
Andrews,
Arthur Alfred
A.A. Andrews

06.08.1902
Southgate, UK
-
08.06.1991
Camden ?
A/Gnr.
01.04.1934
Gnr.
?, seniority 01.04.1934
Cd.Gnr.
01.04.1943
Lt.
01.07.1949
Lt.Cdr. (Special Duties List)
01.01.1957 (retd 06.08.1959)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
09.06.1955
HM's birthday 55
01.04.1934


joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
13.11.1934
-
(02.1936)
HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
10.08.1936
-
(06.1938)
HMAS Canberra (cruiser) (for DF duties) *
28.09.1938
-
(02.1941)
HMAS Hobart (cruiser)
(08.1942)


HMAS Hobart (cruiser) **
21.09.1942
-
(08.1943)
Officers Training School, HMAS Cerberus (RAN base, Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
08.1943
-
(12.1943)
HMAS Hobart (cruiser)
03.1944
-
(06.1944)
HMAS Rushcutter (Base Staff, Sydney)
01.08.1944
-
(04.1946)
HMAS Hobart (cruiser)
27.06.1949
-
(05.1950)
HMAS Hobart (cruiser)
12.1952 -
(06.1955)
HMAS Penguin
06.08.1959


discharged [HMAS Penguin]
* (08.1938) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
** indexed, but not listed as such
Arkins,
Walter Robertson
W.R. Arkins

22.12.1869
-
?
Eng.Cdr.
01.07.1913 (retd)
Eng.Capt. (retd)
05.10.1922
(02.1943)
-
(04.1946)
no appointment listed; doesn't seem to have seen any active service in Wolrd War II; his name was finally removed from the Navy List in January 1956
Armitage,
George William Thomas
G.W.T. Armitage (Photo courtesy of Mr Mark Hansen)

23.07.1899
Houghton, SA
-
1969
Newtown, NSW
Cadet Midsh. 31.12.1912
Midsh. 01.01.1917
A/S.Lt. 01.09.1918
S.Lt. 01.12.1918, seniority 15.11.1918
Lt. 15.10.1920
?, seniority 15.06.1920
?, seniority 15.06.1921
Lt.Cdr. 15.06.1929 (emgcy 01.07.1931) (retd 09.04.1943)
31.12.1912     joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
09.05.1928 - (02.1931) HMAS Penguin (cruiser)
14.07.1941 - 28.07.1941 HMAS Torrens (additonal)
29.07.1941 - 21.09.1941 HMAS Cerberus (additional; temporarily)
22.09.1941 - 05.10.1941 HMAS Lonsdale (additional)
06.10.1941 - 09.08.1942 HMAS Lonsdale (EDO & Chief Examening Officer)
10.08.1942 - 12.08.1942 HMAS Lonsdale (additional)
13.08.1942 - 13.09.1942 HMAS Brisbane
14.09.1942 - 18.01.1943 Commanding Officer, HMAS Koopa (Fairmile mother ship)
19.01.1943 - 03.03.1943 HMAS Moreton (additional)
04.03.1943 - 08.04.1943 HMAS Torrens (discharged)
(02.1943) - (06.1944) HMAS Lonsdale (Base Staff, Port Melbourne and Williamstown)
(07.1945) - (04.1946) no appointment listed
Armitage,
Walter Joshua Murray
W.J.M. Armitage

20.02.1903
Sydney, NSW
-
died between 08.1989 and 12.1998
Lt. (E)
15.12.1925
Lt.Cdr. (E)
15.12.1933
Cdr. (E)
30.06.1938
Capt. (E)
31.12.1949 (retd 21.04.1958)
Mention in Despatches MID
27.03.1945
Leyte operations & battle of Surigao Straits
01.01.1917


joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
09.07.1928
-
(02.1931)
HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
25.11.1931
-
(09.1932)
HMAS Penguin (depot ship)
11.12.1933
-
(01.1934)
HMS Rodney (battleship) (Home Fleet)
15.01.1935
-
(07.1935)
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (for miscellaneous services)
(02.1936)


no appointment listed
07.12.1936
-
(04.1939)
Armament Assistant to Engineer Manager, HMA Naval Depot and Dockyard, Garden Island [Naval Establishments, Sydney [HMAS Penguin]]
20.06.1939
-
(08.1939)
HMAS Adelaide (cruiser) (reserve)
20.11.1939
-
(08.1942)
HMAS Cerberus (for duty at Navy Office) *
11.01.1943
-
(04.1946)
HMAS Shropshire (cruiser)
31.12.1949
-
(05.1950)
HMAS Sydney
07.1952
-
(01.1956)
HMAS Kuttabul
21.04.1958


discharged [HMAS Kuttabul]
* (02.1943) still indexed, but no longer listed as such
Armstrong,
John Malet
J.M. Armstrong J.M. Armstrong
J.M. Armstrong J.M. Armstrong

05.01.1900
Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, NSW
-
30.12.1988
Jersey, Channel Islands
Cadet 31.12.1913
Midsh. 01.01.1918
A/S.Lt. 01.09.1919
S.Lt. 15.10.1919
Lt. 15.03.1921
Lt.Cdr. 15.03.1929
Cdr. 30.06.1935
Capt. 31.12.1942 (retd 04.01.1960)
Cdre. 2nd cl. ?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 07.06.1951 HM's birthday 51
Distinguished Service Order DSO 01.05.1945 Operation Mike 1
Mention in Despatches MID 01.07.1941 HM's birthday 41
 Navy Cross (United States) NC 1946 Lingayen Gulf operations 01.45
31.12.1913     joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
22.06.1928 - (08.1929) Gunnery Officer, HMS Castor (cruiser)
21.07.1930 - (01.1932) Gunnery Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser)
17.03.1932 - (01.1934) HMAS Cerberus (for charge of Gunnery School)
25.02.1935 - (02.1936) Navy Office, Sydney [HMAS Cerberus]
15.01.1937 - (07.1937) Executive Officer, HMS Shropshire (cruiser) (Mediterranean)
(02.1938)     no appointment listed
17.03.1938 - (08.1939) Royal Australian Naval College [HMAS Cerberus]
28.08.1939 - 03.1942 staff, Rear-Admiral Commanding Australian Squadron [HMAS Australia (cruiser)]
30.04.1942 - 26.10.1942 Commanding Officer, HMAS Manoora (armed merchant cruiser)
30.10.1942 - 17.12.1942 Commanding Officer, HMAS Westralia (armed merchant cruiser)
18.12.1942 - 18.10.1943 Chief Staff Officer to Flag Officer-in-Charge, Sydney & Principal Sea Transport Officer NSW [HMAS Kuttabul (Base Depot, Garden Island)]
11.1943 - ? Naval Officer-in-Charge, New Guinea
(04.1944) - (06.1944) HMAS Ladava (Base Depot, Milne Bay)
29.10.1944 - 06.08.1945 Commanding Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser) & Flag Captain, Australian Squadron
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
(1951)     Staff Australian Defence Representative, London
26.02.1955 - (01.1956) HMAS Cerberus II (London depot)
14.08.1958     discharged [HMAS Lonsdale]
Armstrong,
Kenneth Charles
R.C. Armstrong

27.12.1910
-
Sg.Lt. 02.06.1939
06.03.1940, seniority 02.12.1938
15.06.1939 - (04.1940) HMAS Yarra
12.1940 - (02.1941) HMAS Penguin
01.10.1941 - (08.1942) HMAS Cerberus
Arnold,
Frank Stephen
F.S. Arnold

05.07.1907
Portsmouth, UK
-
Wt.Shipwr.Offr. 13.08.1934 [13406]
Cd. Stores Offr. = Sen.Cd. Stores Offr. 01.04.1943
16.02.1922     joined RAN, Melbourne, Vict.
(04.1940) -   HMAS Penguin
19.08.1944 - (07.1945) HMAS Penguin
27.04.1948     discharged [HMAS Lonsdale]
Arnold,
George William
G.W. Arnold
?
-
Lt.Cdr. (S) (retd) ?
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Ashley-Brown,
Guy James Alexander
G.J.A. Ashley-Brown

06.02.1914
Coffs Harbour, NSW
-
Lt. 16.03.1938
01.01.1928     joined RAN, Melbourne, Vict.
29.08.1939 - (02.1941) HMAS Australia
(07.1945)     HMAS Rockhampton *
06.06.1961     discharged [HMAS Lonsdale]
Atwill,
Milton Spencer
"Mick"
M.S. Atwill

?
-
1965
S.Lt. (D) 08.04.1918 (retd)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Austin,
Donald McLellan
D.McL. Austin

Army service record

05.01.1883
Melbourne
-
Sg.Cdr. (D) 31.12.1929 (retd)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Austin,
John Sydney
J.S. Austin

22.09.1923
Sydney, NSW
-
Lt. 01.03.1944
Lt.Cdr. ?
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 27.03.1945 Leyte operations & battle for Surigao Straits
28.01.1937     joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
(1945)     HMAS Shropshire
14.04.1945 - (07.1945) HMAS Bataan
26.02.1960     discharged [HMAS Kuttabul]
Axford,
John Richard
J.R. Axford

16.06.1909
Camperdown, Vict.
-
A/Wt.Electr. 01.08.1939
El.Cdr. ?
Mention in Despatches MID 01.05.1945 Operation Mike 1
01.08.1939     joined RAN, Melbourne, Vict.
? - (04.1940) HMAS Hobart
07.1944 - (07.1945) HMAS Australia
15.08.1961     discharged [HMAS Melbourne]
 
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Becher,
Otto Humphrey
O.H. Becher O.H. Becher
O.H. Becher
Son of Francis Joseph Becher, orchardist, and his wife Antonia Amalie, née Vetter, both native-born.
Married (07.01.1935, Vaucluse, Sydney) Valerie Chisholm Baird; three sons.

13.09.1908
Harvey, Western Australia
-
15.06.1977
Sydney, NSW, Australia
[cremated]
Cadet Midsh.
01.01.1922
Midsh.
15.05.1926
A/S.Lt.
01.09.1928
S.Lt.
16.03.1929
Lt.
16.06.1930
Lt.Cdr.
16.06.1938
Cdr.
31.12.1944
Capt.
31.12.1950
A/R.Adm.
01.1959?
R.Adm.
07.01.1960 (retd 06.03.1966)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
10.06.1961
22.06.1961
HM's birthday 61
Distinguished Service Order DSO
18.09.1951
27.09.1951

Korea 50
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
19.07.1940
withdrawal of troops from the Namsos area
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
31.10.1944
09.11.1944
Operation Crimson (air strike & bombardment of Sabang 25.07.44)
Mention in Despatches MID
11.06.1946
27.06.1946
wind up Far East
Officer, Legion of Merit (United States of America) LM
15.02.1955
17.02.1955
Korea 50
Education: Harvey State School; RAN College, Jervis Bay (01.01.1922-15.01.1926); Imperial Defence College (1956; idc)
15.01.1926
-
(05.)1926
HMAS Adelaide (cruiser)
1926
-
1926
HMAS Brisbane (cruiser)
15.09.1926
-
(07.1927)
HMS Repulse (battlecruiser) (Atlantic Fleet)
04.1929
-
(08.1929)
promotion course, Portsmouth
17.01.1930
-
(04.)1930
HMAS Australia (cruiser)
09.10.1930
-
(01.)1932
HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
1932
-
1933
long gunnery course [HMS Excellent]
28.10.1933
-
(01.1934)
HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)



HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.)
26.06.1935
-
(02.)1937
Assistant Gunnery Officer, HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
27.03.1937
-
(06.)1938
Gunnery Officer, Flotilla Staff, HMAS Stuart (flotilla leader)
08.07.1938
-
(10.1938)
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (and for Gunnery School)
(02.1939)


no appointment listed
02.03.1939
-
(04.)1939
HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
1939
-
1945
war service (DSC and Bar): in Norwegian waters, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans:
04.07.1939
-
(04.1940)
Gunnery Officer, HMS Devonshire (cruiser) (and as Squadron Gunnery Officer, 1st Cruiser Squadron)
28.11.1940
-
(02.1941)
Gunnery Officer, HMAS Napier (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
17.05.1942
-
(12.1943)
Gunnery Officer, HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) & for charge Gunnery School
03.03.1944
-
(07.)1945
Commanding Officer, HMAS Quickmatch (destroyer)
1945
-
1948
staff duties, Navy Office (Melbourne)
03.1948
-
(07.1948)
HMAS Cerberus II (London Depot RAN )
1948


Commanding Officer, HMAS Sydney (aircraft carrier)
(05.1950)
-
28.07.1950
Commanding Officer, HMAS Watson (RAN base, Sydney)
28.07.1950
-
1951
Commanding Officer, HMAS Warramunga (destroyer) (Korea)
24.10.1952
-
1954
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Navy Office, Melbourne [HMAS Lonsdale]
25.08.1954
-
(04.)1955
Commanding Officer, HMAS Vengeance (aircraft carrier)
1957
-
1958
Commanding Officer, HMAS Melbourne (aircraft carrier)
03.01.1959
-
(07.)1961
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Navy Office, Melbourne [HMAS Lonsdale]
08.03.1962
-
(02.)1963
Head of Australian Joint Services Staff, London & australian Naval Representative, UK [HMAS Cerberus II]
01.1964


Flag Officer Commanding Australian Fleet
1965
-
1966
Flag Officer-in-Charge, East Australian Area
Director-General of Recruiting for the armed forces, 1966-1969. chairman of the Council of the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of New South Wales.
Bracegirdle,
Warwick Seymour
"Braces"
W.S. Bracegirdle
W.S. Bracegirdle
W.S. Bracegirdle W.S. Bracegirdle
W.S. Bracegirdle
Married Polly Caspar (died 23.10.2008).

22.12.1911
Newcastle, NSW
-
14.03.1993
Gipping & Hartismere district, Suffolk, UK
Cadet Midsh.
01.01.1925
...
...
Lt.Cdr.
16.12.1942
Cdr.
30.06.1947 (emgcy 15.02.1957)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
01.01.1942
New Year 42 [investiture 08.12.42]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
27.03.1945
Leyte operations & BSurigaoStr [decoration presented]
Distinguished Service Cross DSC
23.12.1952
Korea (5th list) [investiture 04.03.54]
Mention in Despatches MID
01.01.1945
New Year 45
Mention in Despatches MID
01.05.1945
Operation Mike I
Officer, Legion of Merit (US) LM
26.04.1955
Korea 52
...
-
...
...
29.06.1939
-
31.10.1941
Gunnery Officer, HMAS Perth (light cruiser)
01.11.1941
-
22.11.1941
HMAS Perth (light cruiser) (additional)
23.11.1941
-
04.1942
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (for gunnery school)
08.1942
-
18.12.1942
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (to await passage & actual passage to UK)
16.12.1942
-
29.04.1945
Gunnery Officer, HMAS Shropshire (cruiser)
30.04.1945
-
20.05.1945
HMAS Shropshire (cruiser) (additional)
21.05.1945
-
29.06.1947
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (for gunnery school)
...
-
...
...
Published: "Gentlemen cordite" : the gunnery stories of Commander Warwick Bracegidrle, DSC ** RAN and Chief Petty Officer Arthur Cooper, DSM RAN
Bridge,
Clarence Walter
C.W. Bridge
Married Florence Bridge.

18.01.1890
North Sydney, NSW
-
23.01.1976
Kensington, London, UK
Eng.Cdr. 
31.12.1925 (emgcy 17.01.1942)
A/Eng.Capt. (emgcy)
< 07.1945
Eng.Capt. (emgcy)
< 07.1948
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
08.06.1939
HM's birthday
Education: ... (BE)
16.04.1912


enlisted in the RAN (Sydney, NSW)
(1914)


HMAS Australia (battlecruiser)
10.01.1933
-
(01.1934)
HMAS Australia (cruiser)
14.07.1934
-
03.05.1938
Squadron Engineer Officer, HM Australian Squadron [HMAS Canberra (cruiser)]
(08.1938)
-
(04.1939)
Naval Establishments, Sydney *
19.04.1939
-
(08.1942)
HMAS Cerberus (for duty at Navy Office, Melbourne)
(08.1939)


for duty on Staff PSO Committee
(04.1940)


for duty on Staff of Works Directorate
(02.1941)
-
(08.1942)
indexed, but not listed as such
(02.1943)
-
(06.1944)
no appointment listed
(07.1944)
-
(07.1948)
Navy Office, Melbourne *
(05.1950)
-
(05.1953)
Director of Naval Works (Works Branch, Navy Office, Melbourne)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Buchanan,
Herbert James
H.J. Buchanan

Son of H.J. Buchanan, Melbourne.
Married (1932) Florence Knarhöi, daughter of Florence Ellis, Melbourne, and late Godfrey William Ellis; two sons.

10.03.1902
North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vict.
-
15.03.1965
Point Piper, Sydney, NSW
Cadet Midsh. 31.12.1915
Midsh. 01.01.1920
A/S.Lt. 01.05.1922
S.Lt. 15.11.1922
Lt. 30.06.1924, seniority 15.02.1924
Lt.Cdr. 15.02.1932
Cdr. 30.06.1938
A/Capt. 02.11.1944-30.12.1944
Capt. 31.12.1944 (retd 09.03.1957; age)
Cdre. 2nd cl. 21.03.1950-28.04.1952
Cdre. 1st cl. 12.10.1953-02.02.1955
A/R.Adm. 03.02.1955
Hon. R.Adm. 10.03.1957
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 01.06.1953 Coronation List 53
Distinguished Service Order DSO 27.08.1940 Dutch, Belgian & French coasts
Mention in Despatches MID 16.08.1940 Dunkirk
Mention in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 New Year 46
Education: Scotch College, Melbourne; Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay [HMAS Franklin] (31.12.1915-31.12.1919).
31.12.1915     joined RAN, Sydney, NSW
01.01.1920 - 08.08.1920 HMAS Australia
09.08.1920 - 24.10.1920 HMS Renown (battleship) [lent to RN]
25.10.1920 - 03.02.1921 HMS Thunderer [lent to RN]
04.02.1921 - 31.12.1921 HMS Winchelsea [lent to RN]
01.01.1922 - 14.08.1922 HMS Ramillies [lent to RN]
15.08.1922 - 02.01.1923 HMS Venomous (torped-boat destroyer) [lent to RN]
03.01.1923 - 02.07.1923 Admiralty [HMS President] [lent to RN]
03.07.1923 - 26.03.1924 HMS Excellent [lent to RN]
27.03.1924 - 07.05.1924 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia)
08.05.1924 - 07.10.1925 HMAS Brisbane
08.10.1925 - 18.06.1926 HMAS Melbourne
19.06.1926 - 11.12.1926 HMS Royal Oak (additional) [lent to RN]
12.12.1926 - 21.12.1926 HMS Vimiera [based at HMS Pembroke] [lent to RN]
22.12.1926 - 03.06.1928 long gunnery course [HMS Excellent] (additional) [lent to RN]
04.06.1928 - 26.09.1928 HMS Excellent (additional) (temporary) [lent to RN]
27.09.1928 - 29.03.1929 advanced gunnery course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President] (additional) [lent to RN]
30.03.1929 - 09.07.1929 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia & leave)
10.07.1929 - 13.10.1929 HMAS Australia (additional)
14.10.1929 - 06.10.1930 HMAS Australia
07.10.1930 - 17.11.1931 for Gunnery School [HMAS Cerberus] (additional)
18.11.1931 - 16.03.1932 for charge of Gunnery School [HMAS Cerberus]
17.03.1932 - 27.04.1932 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to UK)
28.04.1932 - 06.06.1932 Gunnery Officer, HMS Kempenfelt [based at HMS Vivid] [lent to RN]
07.06.1932 - 20.08.1934 Flotilla Gunnery Officer, 2nd Destroyer Flotilla [HMS Kempenfelt (flotilla leader)] (Home Fleet) [lent to RN]
21.08.1934 - 22.11.1934 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia & leave)
23.11.1934 - 16.06.1937 Gunnery Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser)
17.06.1937 - 09.07.1937 Gunnery Officer, HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
10.07.1937 - 03.08.1938 Gunnery Officer, HMAS Canberra (cruiser) & as Squadron Gunnery Officer, HM Australia Squadron
04.08.1938 - 09.09.1938 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for duty at Navy Office)
10.09.1938 - 16.10.1938 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to UK per "Brisbane Star")
17.10.1938 - 09.01.1939 Senior Officers' Technical Course [HMS Victory] (additional) [lent to RN]
10.01.1939 - 03.08.1939 staff course, RN Staff College, Greenwich [HMS President] (additional) [lent to RN]
04.08.1939 - 31.01.1940 Executive Officer, HMS Diomede (cruiser) [lent to RN]
01.02.1940 - 15.05.1940 Commanding Officer, HMS Valentine (destroyer) (lost by enemy action 15.05.1940 during operations off Terneuzen, Western Scheldt, The Netherlands) [lent to RN]
16.05.1940 - 29.05.1940 spare destroyer Commanding Officer [HMS Drake] (additional) [lent to RN]
30.05.1940 - 17.06.1940 HMS Lynx (additional) [lent to RN] (evacuation of Dunkirk)
18.06.1940 - 24.02.1941 Commanding Officer, HMS Vanity (destroyer) [lent to RN]
25.02.1941 - 14.04.1941 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia per "Canadian Star")
15.04.1941 - 22.06.1943 Assistant Director of Plans, Naval Staff, Navy Office, Melbourne [HMAS Cerberus] (additional)
23.06.1943 - 01.11.1944 Commanding Officer, HMAS Norman (destroyer) (passage in HMAS Nepal)
02.11.1944 - 20.09.1945 Commanding Officer, HMAS Napier (flotilla leader) & Captain (D) 7th Destroyer Flotilla (British Pacific Fleet off Japan; in charge of landing detachment at Yokusuka)
21.09.1945 - 09.10.1945 HMAS Cerberus (additional)
10.10.1945 - 10.1946 Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Navy Office, Melbourne [HMAS Cerberus] (additional)
10.04.1946 - 09.04.1949 also: Honorary ADC to HRH the Governor-General
10.1946 - 01.11.1946 Navy Office, Melbourne [HMAS Cerberus] (additional)
02.11.1946 - 03.12.1946 Commanding Officer, HMAS Shropshire (cruiser) & Chief Staff Officer to Commodore Commanding HM Australian Squadron
04.12.1946 - 18.03.1947 Commanding Officer, HMAS Shropshire (cruiser)
19.03.1947 - 29.05.1947 Commanding Officer, HMAS Shropshire (cruiser) & Chief Staff Officer to R.Adm. Commanding HM Australian Squadron
30.05.1947 - 17.08.1947 Commanding Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser) & Chief Staff Officer to R.Adm. Commanding HM Australian Squadron
18.08.1947 - 11.12.1947 Commanding Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser)
12.12.1947 - 15.10.1948 Commanding Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser) & Chief Staff Officer to R.Adm. Commanding HM Australian Squadron
16.10.1948 - 01.12.1948 HMAS Australia (cruiser) (additional) (temporary)
02.12.1948 - 10.01.1949 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to UK per "Orion")
11.01.1949 - 11.01.1950 Imperial Defence Course, Imperial Defence College, London [HMS President] (additional) [lent to RN]
12.01.1950 - 09.02.1950 passage UK to Melbourne per "Himalaya"
02.1950     HMAS Lonsdale (additional; for 16 days FSL)
02.03.1950 - 20.03.1950 HMAS Cerberus (additional; for duty at Navy Office) (temporary)
21.03.1950 - 1952 Commodore Superintendent of Training & Commanding Officer, HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Victoria, Australia)
1952 - 27.04.1952 Commodore Superintendent of Training & Commanding Officer, HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Victoria, Australia) & Commanding Officer, RAN College
14.09.1951 - 13.09.1954 also: ADC to the King (from 1952 Queen)
28.04.1952 - 24.06.1952 Commanding Officer, HMAS Sydney (aircraft carrier)
25.06.1952 - 10.03.1953 Commanding Officer, HMAS Sydney (aircraft carrier) & Chief Staff Officer to R.Adm. Commanding HM Australian Fleet
11.03.1953 - 09.1953 Commanding Officer, HMAS Sydney (aircraft carrier)
09.1953 - 20.09.1953 HMAS Lonsdale (additional)
21.09.1953 - 11.10.1953 HMAS Lonsdale (additional; for special duty at Navy Office)
12.10.1953 - 25.01.1955 Second Naval Member of the Naval Board & Chief of Naval Personnel (Cdre 1st class) [HMAS Lonsdale]
26.01.1955 - 02.02.1955 HMAS Lonsdale (additional)
03.03.1955 - 09.03.1957 Flag Officer-in-Charge, East Australian Area & STO, Sydney [HMAS Kuttabul]
Managing Director of Bell's Asbestos and Engineering (Australia) Ltd; Director: Trustees, Executors & Agency Co. Ltd; Northern & Employers Assurance Co. Ltd. Trustee & Chairman of Trustees RAN Relief Fund, 12.10.1953-25.01.1955.
       

 
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Chesterman,
Henry Swinfield

H.S. Chesterman
Married 1st Charlotte (née ...).
Married 2nd (03.02.1940) Eleanor (née ...).

15.02.1901
Williamstown, Vic.
-
Cadet Midsh.
31.12.1914
Midsh.
01.01.1919
A/S.Lt.
15.01.1921
S.Lt.
15.07.1921
?, seniority 15.01.1921
Lt.
15.04.1922
Lt.Cdr.
15.04.1930 (emgcy 15.02.1946)
A/Cdr.
19.09.1940
Cdr. (emgcy)
15.04.1946 (reld 09.10.1957) (retd 15.02.1961)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
02.01.1956
02.01.1956
New Year 56
Legionnaire, Legion of Merit (United States of America) LM
-
13.09.1945
?
...
-
...
...
21.11.1935
-
29.03.1936
HMAS Penguin (and for destroyers in reserve)
30.03.1936
-
?
HMAS Penguin (as Staff Officer (T) to Captain-in-Charge, New South Wales)
?
-
05.11.1939
HMAS Penguin (as Staff Officer (Operations) and (Intelligence) to Captain-in-Charge, New South Wales
06.11.1939
-
15.08.1940
HMAS [Penguin?] (as Staff Officer (Operations) to Captain-in-Charge, Sydney)
16.08.1940
-
18.09.1940
HMAS Penguin (additional)
19.09.1940
-
?
HMAS Melville (base staff, Darwin) (as Staff Officer (Operations) & DEMS Staff Officer)
?
-
26.09.1942
HMAS Melville (base staff, Darwin) (as Senior Staff Officer for duty on Operational Staff of Comsowespac)
27.09.1942
-
30.09.1944
HMAS Moreton (base staff, Brisbane) (additional)
01.10.1944
-
03.09.1945
HMAS Madang (base staffs, Madang &tc.) (additional; for Hollandia, staff of Comsowespac)
04.09.1945
-
07.11.1945
HMAS Moreton (additional)
08.11.1945
-
09.09.1947
HMAS Moreton (as Chief Staff Officer to Naval Officer-in-Charge, Brisbane)
...
-
...
...
Collins,
[Sir] John Augustine
J.A. Collins


J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
J.A. Collins
Son of Michael John
Collins, MD.
Married (1930) Phyllis Laishley McLachlan, daughter of A.J. McLachlan; one daughter.

07.01.1899
Doleraine, Tasmania
-
03.09.1989
Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW
Cadet Midsh. 31.12.1912
Midsh. 01.01.1917
A/S.L. 01.09.1918
S.Lt. 01.12.1918, seniority 01.09.1918
Lt. 01.12.1919
Lt.Cdr. 01.12.1927
Cdr. 30.06.1932
Capt. 31.12.1937
Cdre. 2st cl. 16.01.1942-07.10.1942
Cdre. 1st cl. 01.06.1944
R.Adm. 08.01.1947
V.Adm. 10.05.1950 (retd 16.03.1955)
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE 01.01.1951 New Year 51 [decoration presented]
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB 26.07.1940 for distinguished service in the gallant and successful action against two Italian cruisers in whcih "Bartolomeo Colleone" was destroyed [investiture 02.02.43]
Mention in Despatches MID 15.12.1942 for gallantry and devotion to duty at the fall of Singapore 02.42
OON 19.01.1943 services to the Dutch navy in the UK and Far East
Officer, Legion of Merit (United States of America) LM 1946 * [Commonwealth Gazette 85/1947]

Testimonial of Royal Humane Society on parchment (08.1934) in recognition of his action in rescuing a lady who was in danger of drowning in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall on 30.08.1934.

* For the performance of duties of great responsibility as Flag Officer of the Allied Naval Forces S.W. Pacific Area. Serving as C.O. HMAS Shropshire from September 1943 to May 1944, and later as Commander Task Force 74 from June 1944 to December 1944, Commodore Collins commanded cruisers and destroyers of the RAN which, working in close co-ordination with units of the USN aided accurate Allied landings in the SW Pacific Area.

Education: Royal Australian Naval College (31.12.1912-31.12.1916); Imperial Defence College (1947, idc).
01.01.1917 - 17.01.1917 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional; for leave, passage, etc.)
18.01.1917 - 04.04.1917 London Depot RAN (additional; for leave, passage, etc.)
05.04.1917 - 23.10.1918 HMS Canada (battleship)
24.10.1918 - 18.11.1918 HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
19.11.1918 - 20.03.1919 HMS Spenser (torpedo-boat destroyer) [tender to HMS Dido]
21.03.1919 - 02.01.1920 HMS Stalwart (torpedo-boat destroyer)
03.01.1920 - 30.06.1920 RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
01.07.1920 - 27.11.1920 HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
28.11.1920 - 31.03.1921 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.)
01.04.1921 - 22.04.1921 HMAS Cerberus III (RANVR Depot, Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.)
23.04.1921 - 23.10.1921 HMAS Melbourne (cruiser)
24.10.1921 - 28.07.1922 HMAS Brisbane (cruiser)
29.07.1922 - 27.09.1922 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional; for passage)
28.09.1922 - 19.08.1923 long gunnery course, Portsmouth [HMS Victory]
20.08.1923 - 09.05.1924 HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
10.05.1924 - 24.09.1924 HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth) (additional; for school staff)
25.09.1924 - 19.06.1925 advanced gunnery course
20.06.1925 - 06.08.1925 HMAS Moresby (sloop)
07.08.1925 - 06.10.1925 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional; for passage, leave, etc.)
07.10.1925 - 07.10.1925 HMAS Brisbane (cruiser)
08.10.1925 - 25.09.1926 Gunnery Officer, HMAS Melbourne (cruiser)
26.09.1926 - 25.03.1927 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional)
26.03.1927 - 11.05.1927 Flag Lieutenant to Commonwealth Naval Board [HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional)]
12.05.1927 - 11.07.1927 HMS Renown (battlecruiser)
12.07.1927 - 25.08.1927 HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth) (additional; for re-qualifying course)
26.08.1927 - 23.04.1928 HMS Victory (additional; for HMAS Australia (cruiser) & for duty with Commander Superintendent of Contract-built Ships)
24.04.1928 - 23.07.1930 Gunnery Officer, HMAS Australia (cruiser) (from 01.05.1928 also as Squadron Gunnery Officer, from 21.07.1930 additional)
24.07.1930 - 05.01.1931 Commanding Officer, HMAS Anzac (destroyer)
06.01.1931 - 17.11.1931 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) & for charge of Gunnery School
18.11.1931 - 11.01.1932 passage to UK
12.01.1932 - 23.12.1932 staff course, RN Staff College, Greenwich [HMS President]
24.12.1932 - 08.01.1933 HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (additional; for leave whilst awaiting appointment)
09.01.1933 - 08.01.1935 Plans Division, Admiralty [HMS President]
09.01.1935 - 25.09.1935 HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth) (additional; for HMAS Sydney (light cruiser) & for duty with Commander Superintendent of Contract-built Ships)
24.09.1935 - 06.08.1937 Executive Officer, HMAS Sydney (light cruiser)
07.08.1937 - 06.02.1938 HMAS Penguin (additional; for duty on staff of Captain-in-Charge, New South Wales as Naval Liaison Officer for Australia's 150th Anniversary Celebrations)
07.02.1938 - 24.08.1939 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional; for duty at Navy Office as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff and Director of Naval Intelligence)
25.08.1939 - 05.11.1939 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional; for duty at Navy Office as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff)
06.11.1939 - 15.11.1939 HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Vict.) (additional; for Navy Office)
16.11.1939 - 15.05.1941 Commanding Officer, HMAS Sydney (light cruiser)
[notebable event sinking of Italian light cruiser "Bartelomeo Colleoni" 19.07.1940]
16.05.1941 - 09.06.1941 HMAS Penguin (RAN depot, Sydney, NSW) (additional)
10.06.1941 - 15.01.1942 Assistant Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, China [HMS Sultan (RN base, Singapore) (additional)]
16.01.1942 - 02.1942 Commodore Commanding China Force [Commodore Commanding Far Eastern Squadron] [HMS Sultan III (accounting base, Penang) for HMS Anking (base and accommodation ship, Netherlands East Indies)]
02.1942 - 03.1942 British Naval Officer, Batavia
09.03.1942 - 07.10.1942 Commander-in-Charge, Fremantle & as Senior Naval Officer and Principal Sea Transport Officer, Western Australia [HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle)]
08.10.1942 - 22.11.1942 HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle) (additional)
23.11.1942 - 18.12.1942 HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle) (additional; for passage to UK)
19.12.1942 - 16.04.1943 HMAS Cerberus II (RAN depot, London) (additional)
17.04.1943 - 05.05.1944 Commanding Officer, HMAS Shropshire (cruiser)
06.05.1944 - 12.06.1944 HMAS Penguin (RAN depot, Sydney, NSW) (additional)
13.06.1944 - 27.10.1944 Commodore Commanding HM Australian Squadron [HMAS Australia (heavy cruiser) (additional)] & as Commander Task Force 74 [wounded 21.10.1944]
28.10.1944 - 05.01.1945 HMAS Penguin (RAN depot, Sydney, NSW) (additional)
06.01.1945 - 15.04.1945 HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle) (additional)
16.04.1945 - 28.06.1945 Naval Officer-in-Charge, Fremantle [HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle)]
29.06.1945 - 21.07.1945 HMAS Leeuwin (RAN base, Fremantle) (additional)
22.07.1945 - 09.11.1946 Commodore Commanding HM Australian Squadron [HMAS Shropshire (cruiser) (additional), from 18.11.1945 HMAS Hobart (light cruiser) (additional), from 30.08.1946 HMAS Shropshire (cruiser) (additional)]
10.11.1946 - 14.11.1946 HMAS Penguin (RAN depot, Sydney, NSW) (additional)
15.11.1946 - ? passage to UK
1947 - 1947 imperial defence course, Imperial Defence College [HMS President]
16.01.1948 - 02.1948 passage to Australia per "New Zealand Star"
24.02.1948 - 23.02.1955 Chief of Naval Staff and First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board, Melbourne
24.02.1955 - 15.03.1955 HMAS Lonsdale (RAN depot, Melbourne) (additional; for leave prior to retirement)
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, 1956-62. Royal Humane Society's Certificate for Saving Life at Sea.
Published
: As luck would have it (1965)

 
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Dalton,
Lionel Sydney
L.S. Dalton (Photo courtesy of Cdr. Greg Swinden, RAN) L.S. Dalton (Photo courtesy of Cdr. Greg Swinden, RAN)
L.S. Dalton L.S. Dalton
Son of Edward Lyle Dalton and Nancie Dalton.
Married Margaret Mary Dalton Anderson, of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia; one son

26.10.1902
Middle Park, Vict.
-
20.11.1941
(MPK) [age 39]
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 56, column 2]
Cadet Midsh.
31.12.1915
Midsh.
01.01.1920
A/S.Lt.
01.05.1922
S.Lt. (E)
01.12.1922
Lt. (E)
01.12.1924
Lt.Cdr. (E)
01.12.1932
Cdr. (E)
31.12.1937
Distinguished Service Order DSO
27.12.1940
sinking Italian cruiser "Bartelomeo Colleoni" 19.07.40 [presented to next-of-kin]
31.12.1915
-
31.12.1919
HMAS Franklin (for RAN College)
01.01.1920
-
06.1920
HMAS Australia (battlecruiser)
06.1920
-
18.07.1920
HMAS Swordsman (torpedo-boat destroyer)
19.07.1920
-
19.09.1920
HMAS Stalwart (destroyer)
20.09.1920
-
14.01.1921
HMAS Brisbane (light cruiser)
15.01.1921
-
03.03.1921
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot) (additional; for passage to UK)
04.03.1921
-
18.04.1921
HMS Conqueror (nattleship)
19.04.1921
-
04.07.1921
HMS Violent (torpedo-boat destroyer)
05.07.1921
-
26.09.1923
HMS Resolution (battleship)
27.09.1923
-
31.03.1924
HMS President (for RN College)
01.04.1924
-
07.05.1924
HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth (additional)
08.05.1924
-
09?.1925
HMS Vivid (for RN Engineering College, Keyham)
09?.1925
-
07.11.1925
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage & foreign service leave)
08.11.1925
-
04.08.1926
HMAS Anzac (flotilla leader) (additional)
05.08.1926
-
16.08.1927
HMAS Adelaide (cruiser) (additional)
17.08.1927
-
26.09.1927
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot) (additional)
27.09.1927
-
07.11.1927
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot) (additional; for passage to UK)
08.11.1927
-
23.04.1928
HMS Victory (additional; for HMAS Australia & staff of Commander Superintendent of Contract-built Ships)
24.04.1928
-
12.04.1931
HMAS Australia (cruiser) (for general duties & as Senior Watchkeeping Engineer Officer)
13.04.1931
-
27.06.1932
Senior Engineer, HMAS Albatross (seaplane carrier) (from 23.06.1932 additional)
28.06.1932
-
23.07.1934
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot) (for general duties & as Senior Engineer)
24.07.1934
-
30.08.1934
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot) (additional; for passage to UK)
31.08.1934
-
23.09.1935
HMS Victory (additional; as Senior Engineer for HMAS Sydney (light cruiser) & for duty with Commander Superintendent of Contract-built Ships)
24.09.1935
-
09.11.1937
Senior Engineer, HMAS Sydney (light cruiser)
10.11.1937
-
19.06.1939
Engineer Officer, HMAS Adelaide (cruiser) (in reserve [HMAS Penguin], 13.03.1939 commissioned, 18.05.1939 in reserve [HMAS Penguin]))
20.06.1939
-
26.06.1939
HMAS Penguin (additional)
27.06.1939
-
20.11.1941
Engineer Officer, HMAS Sydney (light cruiser) (missing, presumed killed when ship was sunk by auxiliary cruiser "Kormoran")
[notebable event sinking of Italian light cruiser "Bartelomeo Colleoni" 19.07.1940]
Davis,
Thomas Edgar
T.E. Davis (Photo courtesy of Cdr. Greg Swinden, RAN) 
One of seven children to Charles Thomas Davis, electrician & councillor, and Maude Blanche Davis.
Married (21.02.1941) Sheila Isabel Mitchell.

06.01.1919
Geraldton, West Australia
-
20.11.1941
(MPK) [age 22]
[Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 56, column 2]
Cadet Midsh.
01.01.1933
Midsh.
01.01.1937
A/S.Lt.
01.01.1939
S.Lt.
16.09.1939
Lt.
01.11.1940
31.01.1933
-
21.01.1937
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (additional; for RAN College)
22.01.1937
-
06.06.1937
HMAS Canberra (cruiser)
07.06.1937
-
06.07.1937
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (additional; for passage to Port Said per "Mooltan")
07.07.1937
-
01.01.1939
HMS Hood (battlecruiser) (Mediterranean)
02.01.1939
-
05.09.1939
gunnery course, HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
06.09.1939
-
17.10.1939
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (additional; for passage to Australia per "Brisbane Star")
18.10.1939
-
03.11.1939
HMAS Cerberus (Flinders Naval Depot, Vict.) (additional; for leave)
04.11.1939
-
20.11.1941
HMAS Sydney (light cruiser) (missing, presumed killed when ship was sunk by auxiliary cruiser "Kormoran")
[notebable event sinking of Italian light cruiser "Bartelomeo Colleoni" 19.07.1940]
Dowling,
[Sir] Roy Russell
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
R.R. Dowling
Sixth child of native-born parents Russell Dowling, sugar-cane inspector, and his wife Lily Jane, née Ingram.
Married (1930) Jess Spencer Blanch; two sons, three daughters.

28.05.1901
Condong, NSW
-
15.04.1969
Canberra hospital, Canberra, ACT (coronoary occlusion)
Cadet Midsh.
31.12.1914
Midsh.
01.01.1919
A/S.Lt.
15.01.1921
S.Lt.
15.04.1921
Lt.
15.03.1923
Lt.Cdr.
15.03.1931
Cdr.
31.12.1936
A/Capt.
20.03.1943
Capt.
30.06.1944
Cdre. 2nd cl.
19.06.1950-29.06.1950
Cdre. 1st. cl.
30.06.1950-23.11.1952
R.Adm.
08.07.1953
V.Adm.
07.06.1955 (retd 27.05.1961)
Kinght Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO
27.03.1963
?
Kinght Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE
01.01.1957
17.01.1957
New Year 57 [award presented]
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
09.06.1955
23.06.1955
HM's birthday 55 [award presented]
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
01.01.1953
08.01.1953
New Year 53 [investiture 24.02.53]
Distinguished Service Order

DSO

06.11.1945
22.11.1945
* [award presented by the Governor-General at Melbourne House 13.11.46]
Kings Medal

* For outstanding courage, skill and initiative whilst serving in HMS Ships and Light Coastal Forces over a period of seven months, in operations in the Far East which covered the bombardments of Tarakan, Wewak, Labuan and Balik Papan and the attack on the Lingayan Gulf, Aitapa and Wewak.
31.12.1914
-
31.12.1918
RAN College, Jervis Bay [HMAS Cerberus]
01.01.1919
-
06.05.1919
HMAS Cerberus
07.05.1919
-
28.04.1921
HMS Ramillies (battleship)
29.04.1921
-
27.09.1921
HMS Venturous (torpedo-boat destroyer)
28.09.1921
-
15.08.1922
RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
16.08.1922
-
29.09.1922
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia)
30.09.1922
-
10.01.1923
HMAS Penguin (additional for foreign shore leave)
11.01.1923
-
24.09.1924
HMAS Adelaide
25.09.1924
-
16.05.1926
qualifying for gunnery duties, RN College, Greenwich [HMS Excellent]
17.05.1926
-
12.11.1926
gunnery course, HMS Excellent
13.11.1926
-
23.12.1926
London Depot RAN (additional; for passage to Australia)
24.12.1926
-
25.01.1927
HMAS Penguin (additional for foreign shore leave)
26.01.1927
-
09.01.1928
HMAS Platypus (and for flotilla duties)
10.01.1928
-
30.06.1928
HMAS Anzac (and for flotilla duties)
01.07.1928
-
27.07.1928
HMAS Anzac (additional)
28.07.1928
-
02.06.1930
Gunnery School [HMAS Cerberus]
03.06.1930
-
12.12.1930
Commanding Officer, Gunnery School [HMAS Cerberus]
13.12.1930
-
27.01.1931
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to UK)
28.01.1931
-
27.05.1931
staff, HMS Excellent
28.05.1931
-
09.12.1932
Gunnery Officer, HMS Colombo & from 24.06.1932 as Squadron Gunnery Officer (Mediterranean)
10.12.1932
-
16.01.1933
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia)
17.01.1933
-
26.03.1933
HMAS Cerberus (additional)
27.03.1933
-
05.04.1933
HMAS Canberra (additional)
06.04.1933
-
03.07.1935
HMAS Canberra & as Squadron Gunnery Officer
04.07.1935
-
09.07.1935
HMAS Cenberra (additional)
10.07.1935
-
14.01.1937
Commanding Officer, Gunnery School [HMAS Cerberus]
15.01.1937
-
20.01.1937
HMAS Swan [HMAS Penguin (additional)]
21.01.1937
-
25.01.1939
Commanding Officer, HMAS Swan (sloop)
26.01.1939
-
30.01.1939
HMAS Penguin (additional)
31.01.1939
-
10.02.1939
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for duty at Navy Office)
11.02.1939
-
19.03.1939
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to UK)
20.03.1939
-
24.04.1940
in charge while under construction, HMS Naiad (cruiser)
25.04.1940
-
11.03.1942
Executive Officer, HMS Naiad (cruiser) (Home Fleet & Mediterranean) (torpedoed & sunk by U-565 in Mediterranean)
12.03.1942
-
01.05.1942
HMS Pembroke (additional)
02.05.1942
-
05.06.1942
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia aboard "Themistictes")
07.06.1942
-
05.07.1942
HMAS Cerberus (additional)
06.07.1942
-
19.09.1943
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for Navy Office as Director of Plans)
20.09.1943
-
26.08.1944
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for Navy Office as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff)
27.08.1944
-
07.11.1944
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for Navy Office)
08.11.1944
-
02.1946
Commanding Officer, HMAS Hobart (cruiser) & from 18.11.1945-02.1946 also as Flag Captain and Chief of Staff to Commodore (Vice Admiral Sir) John Collins
02.1946
-
06.05.1946
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for leave)
07.05.1946
-
11.02.1948
Director of Ordnance, Torpedoes and Mines [HMAS Cerberus; additional for Navy Office]
12.02.1948
-
03.05.1948
HMAS Cerberus II (additional; for passage to UK per SS Orion)
04.05.1948
-
1948
Senior Officers' Technical Course [HMS Vernon]
1948
-
1948
Commanding Officer, HMS Terrible [HMS Drake (additional)] (for trials & service)
27.07?.1948
-
15.12.1948
Commanding Officer, HMS Glory
16.12.1948
-
22.04.1950
Commanding Officer, HMAS Sydney & from 05.10.1949 as Chief Staff Officer to Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
04.1950
-
18.06.1950
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for Navy Office as  Director of Underwater Warfare)
19.06.1950
-
23.11.1952
Second Naval Member, Navy Office, Melbourne & from 01.10.1951 CoP [Chief of Plans?] [HMAS Lonsdale]
24.11.1952 - 12.1952 HMAS Lonsdale (additional; for passage to UK per SS Strathmore)
12.1952
11.12.1953
HMAS Cerberus II (additional; for imperial defence course, Imperial Defence College, starting 06.01.1953)
12.12.1953
-
16.12.1953
HMAS Cerberus (additional; for passage to Australia by air)
17.12.1953
-
1954
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet [HMAS Australia, from 14.03.1954 HMAS Vengeance, from 19.08.1954 HMAS Sydney]
24.02.1955
-
23.02.1959
First Naval Member, Australian Commonwealth Naval Board, and Chief of Staff of the RAN [HMAS Harman (additional)]
24.02.1959
-
22.03.1959
HMAS Harman (additional)
23.03.1959
-
27.05.1961
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, Department of Defence, Australia
Australian Sectratary to the Queen since 01.11.1963.
Doyle,
Alec Broughton
A.B. Doyle

05.10.1888
Invermien, Scone, NSW
-
30.06.1984
[Malgarai, Boggabilla, NSW ?]
...
...
Eng.Capt.
31.12.1934
Eng.R.Adm.
25.09.1943 (retd 05.10.1948)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
1937
?
Education: Scone Grammar School, NSW; The King's School, Parramatta, NSW; Sydney University, NSW
1911


Bachelor of Engineering
23.03.1912


joined Royal Australian Navy, Sydney, NSW
1914
-
1918
sea service
1929
-
1932
Squadron Engineer Officer
20.11.1933
-
1942
Engineer Manager, Royal Australian Naval Dockyard, Garden Island, and General Overseer, Naval Shipbuilding and Repair,
Sydney
1942
-
1943
Director of Engineering (Naval)
1943
-
1948
Third Naval Member Australian Commonwealth Naval Board, Navy Office, Melbourne, and Chief of Construction
05.10.1948


retired [HMAS Penguin]

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