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HMAS Perth Plaque
HMAS Perth Plaque
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A plaque commemorates those who served from 1939 to 1942 on H.M.A.S. Perth during World War Two.

At the start of World War Two, the cruiser was used to patrol Australian waters, before being sent to the Mediterranean at the end of 1940. There, Perth was involved in the battles for Greece, Crete, and Syria before returning to Australia in late 1941.

In February 1942, Perth survived the Allied defeat at the Battle of the Java Sea, before being torpedoed and sunk at the Battle of Sunda Strait. Of the 682 men aboard, 360 were killed. All but four of the 322 survivors were captured as prisoners of war. Of those captured, 105 died in captivity and the survivors were repatriated after the war.


Address:Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance Crypt, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.466428
Long: 153.0265
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1939
Approx. Event End Date:1942


Front Inscription

H.M.A.S PERTH 1939 - 1942

Six Inch Light Cruiser
Commissioned 29-6-39 Portsmouth.
West Indies Station 1939, Atlantic Convoys 1940
Evacuation of Greece and Crete 1941
Battle of Matapan and Syrian Campaign 1941
S/W Pacific Convoys 1942. Battle Java Sea 1942
Sunk after enemy action     Sunda Strait 1-3-1942.
Ship's Company 682.         Died in Action 360
Died in P.O.W. Camps 105




Source: SKP, MA
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