Sharp, Alfred Edwin (Paymaster Lieutenant Commander, b.1894 - d.1991)

Accession Number 1DRL/0565
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 3 cms.
Object type Diary
Maker Sharp, Alfred Edwin
Place made At sea
Date made 1914-1915
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 7/4/682
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of Paymaster's Clerk (later Paymaster Lieutenant Commander) Alfred Edwin Sharp, HMAS Australia, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF), 1914-1915. Collection consists of a diary kept by Paymaster's Clerk Sharp, on board HMAS Australia, between 4 August 1914 and 23 January 1915. Recounts HMAS Australia cruising in Pacific Ocean seeking German ships; with AN&MEF at New Britain; mentions the submarine AE1 as 'missing'; duties off the west coast of South America; journey through the Straits of Magellan into the South Atlantic. This collection is notable for Sharp's detailed description of the pursuit, capture and sinking of the German supply ship "Eleanore Woermann", off the Falkland Islands in 1915.