Nation, Andrew Robert (Stoker Petty Officer Mechanic b.1920)

Accession Number PR00186
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 6 wallets: 10 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Nation, Andrew Robert
Date made 1940-1952
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 92/0716
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Second World War, 1939-1945

Black and white photocopies of eight detailed diaries written by Andrew (Andy) Robert Nation, documenting 12 years of naval service with the Royal Australian Navy, especially convoy escort duty to Tobruk and Malta and air attacks, evacuation of Greece and Crete, service in SWPA, and later service aboard the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney during the Korean War. Comments on shipboard life, dive bomber attacks, bombardments, sinking of HMAS Waterhen, English and Americans, post WW2 naval work. The original diaries are believed to be still held with the Nation family, and were published in 2006 by Slouch Hat Publications under the title 'A Stoker's Journey: from the Med to Korea in HMAS's Waterhen, Nizam, Warramunga & Sydney'.

History / Summary

Andrew (Andy) Robert Nation enlisted as William Gordon Nation (his younger brother's name). William (Bill) went to England with the aim of enlisting in the RAF, however he was under age and had fraudulently enlisted using his older brother Andy's name - Andrew Robert Nation. When Andy later joined the RAN, he enlisted using his younger brother's name - William Gordon Nation. Source for this information is the Introduction to the publication titled 'A Stoker's Journey: from the Med to Korea in HMAD's Waterhen, Nizam, Warramunga & Sydney', written by Ex-Stoker Petty Officer Andy Nation. This 2006 publication contains Nation's transcribed wartime diaries, and was compiled by one of Andy Nation's sons, Daryl Nation.