William Morgan Bridgeman as an able bodied seaman, HMAS Sydney, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), British Grand Fleet, North Atlantic Ocean 1915-1918, interviewed by Dr Alistair Thomson

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Accession Number S01307
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 5 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; BASF LH extra I 90; mono
Maker Bridgeman, William Morgan
Thomson, Alistair
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Williamstown
Date made 1 May 1983
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
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Source credit to AWM Research Grants Scheme
Description

Bridgeman relates his early life on a farm near Castlemaine; school at Yapeen; joining the Navy in 1913; transfer from Garden Island to Papua New Guinea when war broke out; being on board HMAS Sydney as it escorted the first ANZAC troops out of Australia, and the sinking of the Emden; leave at and travel to Rabaul, Malta, West Indies and Nova Scotia; joining the British Grand Fleet at Glasgow; actions defending against German zeppelins; morale on board the HMAS Sydney, relationship with officers and the severity of the ship's Skipper; rates of pay; night patrol, Armistice and returning home.