Studio portrait of PM6971 Able Seaman (AB) Douglas Grose, RAN. AB Grose had previously served in ...

Accession Number P10295.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of PM6971 Able Seaman (AB) Douglas Grose, RAN. AB Grose had previously served in the Australian Army. He had put his age up to enlist in 10 Heavy Anti-aircraft Battery as V144024 Private Laurence Raymond Grose (a variation of his brother's name), on 28 November 1941. His real age at the time of enlistment was 16. His brother, VX57372 Lawrence Raymond Grose, had enlisted in June 1941. Douglas Grose served in New Guinea on 23 Heavy Anti-aircraft Battery's 'Strawberry Blonde' gun from January 1942 until it was discovered that he was underage. The Army had investigated the Grose enlistments when it was found that their mother was receiving allotments from two sons named Laurence and Lawrence Grose. He returned to Australia in September 1942 and was discharged on 5 February 1943. He enlisted in the RAN under his own name and correct date of birth on 9 November 1943. AB Grose saw active service on HMAS Manoora from June 1944. In September the Manoora transported troops to Morotai before landing American troops in the Philippines, at Leyte and at Lingayen. In April 1945 the Manoora carried her first Australian troops and cargo to landings on Tarakan, on Green Beach, Brunei, and at Balikpapan in June. Between September 1945 and April 1946 the ship repatriated Australian soldiers from New Guinea, New Britain, Morotai and Borneo. AB Grose was discharged from the RAN on 2 August 1946, aged 20. Later in life Douglas Grose attached a handmade nameboard titled 'HMAS Manoora' to every house he owned. (See also P10295.002 and 055038.) Items of of AB Grose's RAN uniforms are held in the National Collection of the Australian War Memorial. (See REL31885.001-REL31885.006 and REL31886.)