Roderick Mafeking Clarke talks about serving in the Royal Australian Navy during the First and Second World Wars

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Accession Number S02035
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 9 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D90; mono
Maker Clarke, Roderick Mafeking
Department of Veterans' Affairs, Victorian State Office
Date made 6 July 1994
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Roderick Clarke discusses prewar life and work; enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1915; posted to training ship HMAS Tingira when he was 15 years old; punishment on board; death of friend Sam from leukemia; visit Cocos Islands; Seychelles; Suez; Port Said; escort troops to England after the Dardenelles campaign; duty on HMAS Yarra; Stationed at Brindisi; submarine patrols; convoy in October 1918 with 71 ships; marriage to Mary, Mary's death, marriage to Doris, children; discharged from RAN in 1925; work between the wars; re-enlist in RAN in 1941; on HMAS Kookaburra laying anti-submarine booms in Darwin Harbour; view of women on RAN ships today; discharged in 1945; postwar life; hobbies and activities; family and wife.

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