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H.M.A.S. Canberra Memorial : 21-November-2011
H.M.A.S. Canberra Memorial : 21-November-2011

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A monument commemorates H.M.A.S. Canberra which was torpedoed during World War Two. 

In August 1942, H.M.A.S. Canberra operated with the naval force supporting the American landings at Guadalcanal and Tulagi, operations which ended with her loss in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Canberra was struck by two torpedoes on her starboard side and over 20 salvoes of 8-inch shellfire. With power lost and the ship listing, the wounded and survivors were transferred to USS Patterson and USS Blue.

There were 193 casualties amongst the 819 personnel serving on the  Canberra. Missing believed killed were nine officers (including one Royal Australian Air Force and one United States Navy) and 65 ratings (including three Royal Australian Air Force and two Royal Navy); one officer (Captain Getting) and nine ratings (including one Royal Australian Air Force) died of wounds; and 10 officers (including one Royal Navy), 96 ratings (including two Royal Australian Air Force, one Royal Navy and two United States Navy) and three civilian Canteen staff were wounded.


Address:Dial Street, HMAS Shropshire Naval Memorial Park, Ulverstone, 7315
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.153333
Long: 146.169444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:09-August-1942
Actual Event End Date:09-August-1942


Front Inscription

Plaque 1

Missing - Believed killed in action [ Names ]

Stokers [ Names ]

R.A.A.F. [ Names ]

Seaman [ Names ]

Died of Wounds [ Names ]

Lest We Forget 

Plaque 2

H.M.A.S. Canberrra 1928 - 1942

Pro Rege Lege et Grege

Flagship Australian Squadron, Indian Ocean & Aust. Patrol. 1941, South Atlantic, assisted in sinking German supply ship "Coburg" and captured tanker, 1942, with U.S. Task Force 44, South Pacific.  During assault on Guadalcanal, sunk after enemy action in Battle of Savo Island, 9 August 1942.  Died in action 84  Wounded 110

Note : the “Tasmanian War Memorials Data Base” , compiled by Fred Thornett which is located at the State Library of Tasmania, contains a comprehensive listing of the names on this monument.

Source: MA,SKP
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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