Group portrait of some of the Western Australian crew members of the RAN cruiser HMAS Sydney II ...

Accession Number 005430
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
Maker Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Date made 5 February 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of some of the Western Australian crew members of the RAN cruiser HMAS Sydney II on deck before going on leave. Standing at back, left to right: either 21073 Acting Leading Seaman Albert Frederick Harrington (*) or 22821 Stoker (Sto) Robert Alfred Miller (*); F2679 Sick Berth Attendant (SBA) Berny Nathan Shilkin; 23291 Sto Lyndon Irvine Roberts (*); 23161 Leading Stoker (Ldg Sto) Harry Clarke (*); 22281 Able Seaman (AB) Lawrence Thomas Byrne; F2231 James William Webster; F2437 AB Leonard John Howard (*); 23282 Sto Alfred Stockdale Clayton (*); F2611 AB Harold Ross Balding (*); R21198 Signalman (Sig) Clive Trood Stone; and 21266 Sto Leslie Michael Blom (*). Group of five, seated or crouching in centre, left to right: 23930 AB Kenneth George Taylor (*); 20604 Ldg Sto Thomas Charles Dixon (*); 21810 AB Arthur Eric Wayne; 23730 Sto Alfred Walter Clive (*) ; and 22077 AB Albert Edward Parkes. Front, crouching, left to right: 22279 AB Oswald Green; F2922 AB Clarence Frederick Buckingham (*); F2518 Sig Raymond William Carter; F2927 AB Malcolm Murray (*); 24044 Sto William Laurence Henderson (*); F2803 AB Thomas Patrick Fisher; 24049 AB Frederick Ernest Ward (*); 21585 AB Robert John Linklater; F2207 Leading Telegraphist Bertram Linsay Witton (*); F2806 AB Ross James Smith; and 24051 AB Harry Kenneth Short (*). Those crew members marked (*) were killed when HMAS Sydney was sunk in the Indian Ocean by the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran on 20 November 1941. The other crew members in this portrait were no longer serving on HMAS Sydney at the time of its loss. Later in the war AB Parkes survived the sinking of HMAS Perth and internment as a prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese.