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H.M.A.S. Yarra : 24-October-2011
H.M.A.S. Yarra : 24-October-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A cypress tree commemorates H.M.A.S. Yarra which was sunk near Java, Indonesia during World War Two. The tree was planted on the 50th anniversary of the ship's loss. 

On 2 March 1942, Yarra arrived at Tjilatjap with the depot ship Anking, the tanker Francol, and the minesweeper MMS-51: the sloop was ordered to escort the other three ships to Fremantle. A day later, the ship rescued forty survivors of the Dutch ship Paragi from liferafts.

Early on 4 March 1942, the convoy encountered a Japanese fleet: the cruisers Atago,Takao and Maya, accompanied by four destroyers. Yarra's commander, Robert William Rankin, laid down a smokescreen, then ordered the convoy to scatter while the sloop held off the Japanese warships. Despite the efforts of Yarra, the other three Allied ships were pursued and sunk, and the sloop was sunk by cruiser gunfire shortly after 08:00, with only 34 survivors from the ship's company and the Paragi rescuees. Attrition reduced the number of survivors to 13 by the time they were rescued on 9 March by the Dutch submarine K XI. 

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue , Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:04-March-1942
Actual Event End Date:04-March-1942

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 4th March, 1992
Front Inscription

THIS CYPRESS IS DEDICATED TO
H.M.A.S. YARRA.
SUNK BY ENEMY ACTION NEAR JAVA 4. 3. 1942
138 KILLED 34 SURVIVED IN TWO FLOATS
ONLY 13 SURVIVORS WERE PICKED UP
AND TAKEN TO COLOMBO.
TO THESE GREAT MEN LOST AND SURVIVORS
FIFTY YEARS ON     4. 3. 1992
LEST WE FORGET.

Source: MA,SKP
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