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Postcard - Sailors Preparing a Body for Burial on HMS Hobart, Indonesia, World War II, 1941-1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112302

Summary:
Black and white postcard from a photography album by David Ralph Goodwin, RAN. The album contains 108 black and white photographs from World War II, many highly significant, showing sea battles (live fire), survivors, wounded and the dead being buried at sea. The photographs are secured with photo corners - a few now adrift. Includes images of German troops evacuating from Greece; German airborne troops in front of Junkers; airborne assault on Crete; Singapore burning; and later actions in Coral Sea. Includes a photo of HMAS Canberra, which was sunk on 9 August 1942, in the Battle of Savo Island.

David Ralph Goodwin was born 14 November 1921 in Mordialloc. He enlisted 11 May 1938 in Melbourne, service number 22112, and became an Able Seaman. During World War II he served on HMA Ships Perth (19 May 1939 - 28 August 1941) and Hobart (29 August 1941 - 4 September 1942) before being transferred to HMAS Cerberus (5 September 1942 - 21 July 1943), the Royal Australian Navy's Western Port training facility. He remained at HMAS Cerberus until June 1943 when he was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety neuroses. He was discharged on 21 July 1943. He formed the ex-HMAS Perth Association in 1966. David Ralph Goodwin died on the 4th of June 2011.

Image depciting the sailors preparing the body of one of the survivors from the SS Nora Mulla (Nora Muller) who died en route to Batavia for burial. The SS Nora Mulla (Nora Muller) was bombed by the Japanese on February 2, 1942, the HMAS Hobart and HMS Tenedos rescued 70 survivors from the striken ship.
Description:
Black and white photographic image and text printed on card.
Description Of Content:
A group of four sailors are pictured on board the HMS Hobart preparing a body for burial at sea. The body is wrapped in cloth.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 89 mm (Height), 141 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, uniforms, ships, death mourning, sailors, battleships, oceans, burial grounds
Themes this item is part of: Able Seaman David Ralph Goodwin (aka Ralph Goodwin) (1921-2011), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, The Royal Australian Navy
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: war graves & burials
Inscriptions: Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of postcard: 'Finishing a / dead one ready for / burial / 16'

Printed in black ink on the back of postcard: 'POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS ONLY / KODAK / KODAK / KODAK / KODAK'

Handwritten in white ink to the right of postcard: 'BODIES OF SEAMEN / FROM "NORA MULLA" / WHO DIED / ENROUTE TO / BATAVIA.'
Format: Postcard: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Indonesia, 1941-1942
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

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