Group portrait of crew members of RAN Boom Defence Vessel HMAS Karangi A304, on board ship. Back ...

Accession Number P05692.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Fremantle
Date made c August 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Group portrait of crew members of RAN Boom Defence Vessel HMAS Karangi A304, on board ship. Back row, left to right: S/V106 Telegraphist Eric Robert Shields; PA/3466 Able Seaman (AB) Gordon Lawrence ‘Snow’ Seiboth; F3717 AB William James (Bill) Reside; AB Bob Lawson (probably F5444 AB Robert John Lawson); W2315 AB Hugh Higgins (Hewie) Love. Third row: unidentified; F3885 AB Thomas Claude Henry (Tom) Ainsworth, of Williams, WA; F/4710 AB Thomas Henry (Tom) Openshaw; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified stoker; PA2327 Petty Officer Cook Anthony John (Tony) McMahon; S/8273 AB Milton Russell Hartnett. Second row: F5834 AB John Edwin ‘Trapper’ Donohoe, of Ryde, NSW; B4225 AB Denis Davis Risley; F/4678 AB Allan Middleton ‘Basher’ Siggins; AB Jack Barnes; unidentified; AB Eddy Humphries (probably F2991 Edgar Owen Humphries); Leading Seaman ‘Pincher’ Martin; PM2997 Signalman Edward John (Ted) Fisher, of South Gippsland, Vic; AB Ted Fidderman(?). Front row: F4156 Petty Officer (PO) Russell Campbell West; unidentified; B1485 PO Robert (Bob) Atkinson, of Kelvin Grove, Qld; Warrant Officer (WO) and Second Officer Fred Doric Holmes; WO and Commanding Officer Finn Sebastian Block; unidentified chief petty officer engine room artificer; unidentified; 20044 Stoker Petty Officer (STO PO) Roy Milton Ward; 14641 STO PO George Edward Benjamin ‘Pop’ Nalder. HMAS Karangi built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard and commissioned on 23 December 1941. Karangi arrived in Darwin for boom defence service on 24 January 1942, and served alongside her sister ships HMAS Koala A315 and HMAS Kangaroo A291, and Net Class Boom Defence Vessel, HMAS Kookaburra A331. She was present during the Japanese large scale carrier borne air raid on Darwin on 19 February 1942, and during subsequent service in the area experienced numerous air raids but escaped damage.

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