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24-November-2014
24-November-2014
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A plaque commemorates the 645 men who lost their lives in the sinking of the HMAS Sydney II by the German Raider Kormoran during World War Two.

The most grievous loss suffered by the Royal Australian Navy occurred on 19 November 1941, when the cruiser HMAS Sydney was lost in action with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran off the Western Australian coast. None of the Sydney's complement of 645 men survived. The Kormoran was also sunk in the action.

On 17 March 2008 the Australian Government announced that the wreckage of both HMAS Sydney and the German raider Kormoran had been found, approximately 112 nautical miles off Steep Point, Western Australia. Kormoran is lying at a depth of 2,560 metres; Sydney, approximately 12 nautical miles away, is at 2,470 metres.

Location

Address:4 Thames Promenade, Longbeach RSL, Chelsea, 3196
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.050398
Long: 145.116553
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Front Inscription
IN MEMORY OF H.M.A.S.SYDNEY II
Lost off Western Australia with all hands " 645 Men" on 19.11.1941.

AFTER BEING IN ACTION WITH GERMAN RAIDER H.S.K. KORMORAN IN WHICH BOTH SHIPS WERE SUNK.

Lest We Forget

Donated by C.R.Attwell
 
Source: MA
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