Tribute to HMS Syd­ney ser­vice­man

Geraldton Guardian - - REMEMBRANCE DAY - Adam Poulsen

An in­ti­mate crowd gath­ered at the Ger­ald­ton War Ceme­tery yes­ter­day for a sym­bolic me­mo­rial ser­vice to the only ser­vice­man whose body was re­cov­ered from the wartime ship HMAS Syd­ney II.

Spe­cial guest Alf Thorn­ton, a HMAS Syd­ney II crew mem­ber for­tu­nate enough not to have been aboard the day it sank, was among those who laid wreaths on the grave of the un­known ser­vice­man.

Speak­ers in­cluded Aus­tralian De­fence Force chap­lain Garry Hamer­s­ley, Ger­ald­ton RSL pres­i­dent Steve But­ler, and City of Greater Ger­ald­ton Mayor Shane Van Styn.

Mr Thorn­ton said he was impressed by Ger­ald­ton’s HMAS Syd­ney II Me­mo­rial, which he vis­ited ear­lier in the day.

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