|Collection type||Digitised Collection|
|Object type||Papers, Diary|
|Physical description||74 Image/s captured|
Cooper, Rex Albert
|Place made||At sea, Australia, Egypt|
Second World War, 1939-1945
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Diary and telegram of Rex Albert Cooper, 1939-1941
Diary relating to the Second World War service of 21905 Able Seaman Rex Albert Cooper, HMAS Sydney II, Royal Australian Navy. The diary written between 4 October 1939 and 5 February 1941 mentions: His service on HMAS Sydney, the condition on board the ship; his frustration with being at sea and the war; the girl he is dating, Florence, while in Fremantle; spending so much time on the 6" turret that he knows it 'front and back'; the declaration of war from Greece and Italy; action around Alexandria in particular during June 1940; the Battle of Calabria in July 1940; the actions around Crete; the many air raids aimed at the ship and the trip from the Mediterranean back to Australia in January 1941
Note: the first entry for the 4 October 1939 is written part way through the diary with the entry on the third page written for the 28 November 1940.
Also included in the file is a telegram from Cooper to his mother for Mother's Day 1941.