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22-July-2015
22-July-2015

Photographs supplied by Ian Bevege

A monument commemorates the Royal Australian Navy (R. A. N.) personnel who died in service, killed in action or wounded in the Asia-Pacific area during  World War Two. 

Location

Address:42 - 68 Palmer Street, Maritime Museum of Townsville, South Townsville, 4810
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.259244
Long: 146.823733
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://www.qldwarmemorials.com.au/P…

Dedication

Front Inscription

R.A.N.

 

Left Side Inscription

Memorial to Royal Australian Navy personnell killed or wounded in the Asia-Pacific area during World War II

To all the brave sailors who served to save Australia from invasion.

This community honours you and gives you its heartfelt thanks.

Lest We Forget

Right Side Inscription

Ships :
1941 HMS Repulse - Malaya - 1 RAN casualty
1942 HMAS Armidale - Betano Bay - 39 RAN casualities - ship lost
1942 HMAS Canberra [ I ]  - Sevo Island - 196 RAN casualities - ship lost
1942 HMAS Perth - Sunda Strait  - 5 RAN casualities - ship lost
1942 HMAS Chinampa - Saumlaki Harbour Yamdena Island  - 6 RAN casualities
1942 HMAS Armidale - Betano Bay - 39 RAN casualities - ship lost
1942 HMAS Swan [ II ] - Timor - 22 RAN casualities
1942 HMS Hermes - Ceylon - 1 RAN casuality
1942 HMS Hollock - Ceylon - 2 RAN casualities 
1942 HMS Scorpion - Banka Strait - 1 RAN casuality
1942 HMS Sultan - Singapore Shore Base - 9 RAN casualities
1943 HMAS Patrica Cam - Wessel Island - 5 RAN casualities - ship lost
1943 HMAS Hobart [ I ] Espiritu Santo - 13 RAN casualities
1943 HMAS Pirie - Oro Bay N.G. - 11 RAN casualities
1944 HMAS Australia [ II ]  - Leyte Bay - 91 RAN casualities
1944 HMAS Matafele - Pacific - 24 RAN casualities - ship lost
1945 HMAS Australia [ II ]  - Lingayen Gulf - 118 RAN casualities
1945 HMAS Colao - Choisel Island - 91 RAN casualities

All Australian Navy personnell serving od Defensively Equipped Merchants Ships [ DEMS ]

HMAS Matafele left Townsville on 18 June 1944 with 24 RAN and 13 native crew bound for Milne Bay.  It is believed she was torpedeod and sunk somewhere en-route - she was never from again.  HMAS Warnabool - though not a war victim, was sunk at Cockburn Reef in 1947 while clearing a minefield laid by HMAS Bungaree in 1943.  There were 4 RAN casualties.

Many of the above ships were visitors to Townsville during the war years.  Built in Townsville, the small merchant ship HMAS Paluma was purchased by the RAN 11/9/41 while still under construction at Matt Taylor`s boatyard just down the road from this site.  She was sold back to Matt Taylor after the war and served for many years in and around Townsville on a commercial basis. 

 

 

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