Wallet 1 of 1 - Diary of George Ireland Woodgate, January - August 1941

Accession Number AWM2020.22.302
Collection number AWM2017.99.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 34 Image/s captured
Maker Woodgate, George Ireland
Place made At sea
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Collection relating to the Second World War service of 19590 Petty Officer George Ireland Woodgate, HMAS Perth, Royal Australian Navy, At sea, 1941.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Contains a handwritten diary kept by George Ireland Woodgate while serving in HMAS Perth during the period 1 January to 12 August 1941. Woodgate records his experiences in HMAS Perth during a period the light cruiser was primarily tasked with escort and patrol duties across the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. He writes about transporting troops, ports of call, going ashore for periods of leave, coordinating with the British Mediterranean Fleet, encounters with enemy submarines and E-boats, regular air raids and repelling dive bombers. He also records longer and more detailed entries on a number of notable events including the Battle of Cape Matapan, a failed attempt to evacuate Allied troops from Kalamata in Greece, the Battle of Crete and the subsequent evacuation of Allied troops from Crete. Closing diary entries cover his return voyage to Australia via Aden and Colombo.