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Davis Stanley Roy


Leading Seaman Stanley Roy Davis, the son of Thomas and Ena Davis of Horsham Victoria was married and living at 209 Collins Street Hobart when he enlisted and was assigned to H.M.A.S Sydney.  

He was one of 645 crew members who lost their life on 19th November 1941.  Its sinking with all hands represents the greatest ever loss of life in an Australian warship.  Survivors from the “Kormoran” reported that HMAS Sydney was last seen, heavily on fire and down by the bows.  The Australian War Memorial houses the only trace of Sydney that was ever found, one of her liferafts, damaged by gunfire.  

One of the saddest stories about the sinking of the Sydney was that one of the last signals transmitted to HMAS Sydney was for Stanley Roy Davis and simply read “Son born, both well.  Cheers Rob”  

One can only hope he received it.






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