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HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial Cairn
HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial Cairn

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Cairn commemorating the battle between HMAS Sydney and German ship Kormoran .

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.

The memorial cairn signpost was donated by Harold Adams and family on 19 November 2003 in memory of his 645 shipmates lost aboard HMAS Sydney II. On 19 November 1941, Able Seaman Adams served on HMAS Sydney II and was last off (medically) prior to its departure on its final voyage from Fremantle on 11 November 1941.

Location

Address:Gnarloo Road, Point Quobba, Carnarvon, 6701
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.410965
Long: 113.4021
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:19-November-1941
Actual Event End Date:19-November-1941

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-1981
Front Inscription

       ERECTED IN MEMORY OF
THE SHIPS COMPANY "HMAS SYDNEY",
LOST ON NOVEMBER 19TH 1941,
                        BY
VOLUNTEERS FROM NAVAL ASSOCIATION
& RSL CARNARVON NOV.1981
     "LEST WE FORGET "

Source: MA
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