Guest Speaker: Mr. Peter Burge MBA,MGMA, I. Eng. I. Mar. Eng., MIMarEST (London)
This Remembrance Service is dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian merchant seamen who manned ships in all parts of the world during the First and Second World Wars. The support these men provided was vital to the success of the war effort. Merchant ships carried essential supplies and troops, but were vulnerable to enemy attack because they were generally slow, poorly armed and often loaded with dangerous cargoes.
Due to the lack of adequate records, we cannot know the full number of merchant seamen who died serving the allied cause. It is widely suspected that there may have been at least one Australian on many foreign flagged vessels. However, the Australian War Memorial has listed the names of 520 Australian mariners who had died during World War 2. On the Australian coastline alone, 30 ships were sunk and a number m ore were damaged.
All are welcome to lay a wreath/tribute following the official wreath laying. Please notify Merrill Barker so the name can be added to the list, no later than 25 August.
RSVP Address: Merchant Navy RSL sub-Branch, PO Box 6159, Narraweena, NSW, 2099.
Email: Mr. Merrill Barker, Hon. Secretary, Merchant Navy RSL sub-Branch, at firstname.lastname@example.org - or Telephone: 9944 7328 (Home).
Place: Mosman War Memorial, Myahgah Road, Mosman adjacent to the Allan Border Oval behind the Council Chambers at Spit Junction. Parking may be limited due to Mosman being busy on a Sunday. A bus to Spit Junction is a suggested alternative.
Myahgah Road Mosman
Mosman, New South Wales 2088
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