Topic: HMAS Yarra (II)

Citation for Gallantry finds its home

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Mrs Roden is the daughter of the late Ordinary Seaman William Clark, who served in Yarra  during the Second World War and receives the Unit Citation for Gallantry insignia for her father who served on HMAS Yarra (II),from Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd. (photo: Unknown)

Mrs Roden is the daughter of the late Ordinary Seaman William Clark, who served in Yarra during the Second World War and receives the Unit Citation for Gallantry insignia for her father who served on HMAS Yarra (II),from Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd.

Just in time for Remembrance Day, the daughter of one of only 13 crew members to survive the sinking of HMAS Yarra (II) on 4 March 1942, has received an award in his honour over 70 years on.

Family accepts Unit Citation for Gallantry from Chief of Navy

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Mrs Yvonne Coughlan, her daughter Suzanne Ward, grandson Samuel Ward, and his son Evan Ward, with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain Will Martin. Vice Admiral Barrett holds a photograph of the late Able Seaman Leslie Smedley, whom he awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry for his actions as part of the crew of HMAS Yarra II.  (photo: Unknown)

Mrs Yvonne Coughlan, her daughter Suzanne Ward, grandson Samuel Ward, and his son Evan Ward, with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain Will Martin. Vice Admiral Barrett holds a photograph of the late Able Seaman Leslie Smedley, whom he awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry for his actions as part of the crew of HMAS Yarra II.

On a magnificent August day in Sydney recently, a special award was presented to the family of Able Seaman Leslie William Smedley - a Stoker who was killed in action in HMAS Yarra (II), south of Java, on 4 March, 1942.

Unit Citation for Gallantry presented to proud sister of 1942 sailor

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Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, looks on as the Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents a Unit Citation for Gallantry to Ms Betty Davis in which she accepted on behalf of her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake, who was killed by enemy action during the sinking of HMAS Yarra II in 1942. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, looks on as the Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents a Unit Citation for Gallantry to Ms Betty Davis in which she accepted on behalf of her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake, who was killed by enemy action during the sinking of HMAS Yarra II in 1942.

This week, Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, presented 83 year old Betty Davis with a Unit Citation for Gallantry, awarded to her late  of brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake of HMAS Yarra (II).

Yarra sailor’s love of Navy continued by kin

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Lieutenant Commander Tor Sorensen takes a moment to reflect on his Great Uncle, James Edward Lye, at the HMAS Yarra II Unit Citation for Gallantry Investiture Ceremony held at the Port of Melbourne, Victoria.  (photo: Able Seaman Tom Gibson)

Lieutenant Commander Tor Sorensen takes a moment to reflect on his Great Uncle, James Edward Lye, at the HMAS Yarra II Unit Citation for Gallantry Investiture Ceremony held at the Port of Melbourne, Victoria.

When Lieutenant Commander Tor Sorensen watched the Chief of Navy accept a Unit Citation for Gallantry on behalf of the crew of HMAS Yarra II yesterday, he reflected on his Great Uncle's extraordinary acts of gallantry and his own reasons for joining the Navy. 

Brave crew recognised for extraordinary acts of gallantry in 1942

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Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, inspects a Royal Guard from HMAS Cerberus accompanied by the Royal Guard Commander, Lieutenant Commander Peter Arnold RAN during the HMAS Yarra II Unit Citation for Gallantry Investiture Ceremony  held at the Port of Melbourne, Victoria.  (photo: Able Seaman Tom Gibson)

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, inspects a Royal Guard from HMAS Cerberus accompanied by the Royal Guard Commander, Lieutenant Commander Peter Arnold RAN during the HMAS Yarra II Unit Citation for Gallantry Investiture Ceremony held at the Port of Melbourne, Victoria.

The Chief of the Royal Australian Navy today accepted a Unit Citation for Gallantry from the Governor General of Australia on behalf of the crew of HMAS Yarra II, who were awarded the honour in recognition of their extraordinary acts of gallantry in action in 1942.

Passing the baton - from one hero to another

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General Entry 315, Taylor Division offer a salute to the Reviewing Officer, Chief of Navy, VADM Ray Griggs as they 'march past' during their graduation ceremony held at HMAS Cerberus.
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General Entry 315, Taylor Division offer a salute to the Reviewing Officer, Chief of Navy, VADM Ray Griggs as they 'march past' during their graduation ceremony held at HMAS Cerberus.

Family members of Leading Seaman Ronald ‘Buck’ Taylor attended a Naming Ceremony to commemorate the renaming of the building that will be home to many future Recruits commencing their careers as Taylor Division sailors.