H.M.A.S. Sydney II Memorial CairnPrint Page
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.
|Address:||Gnarloo Road, Point Quobba, Carnarvon, 6701|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -24.410965|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-November-1941|
|Actual Event End Date:||19-November-1941|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||November-1981|
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF
THE SHIPS COMPANY "HMAS SYDNEY",
LOST ON NOVEMBER 19TH 1941,
VOLUNTEERS FROM NAVAL ASSOCIATION
& RSL CARNARVON NOV.1981
"LEST WE FORGET "