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Born Bunbury Western Australia to Percival Pearce and Ethel May Partington and listed as a Musician but family were living at 349 Main Road Glenorchy when Arnold enlisted and was posted as a bandsman to H.M.A.S. “ Sydney ”.

On 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains to this day Australia’s worst ever naval disaster and one of its greatest wartime mysteries..The only confirmed relics found were a lifebelt and a Carley life float damaged by shellfire.

At the same time two other brothers were serving

Arnold Pearce Partington was serving on H.M.A.S. Canberra and whilst on board ship Arnold suffered an acute attack of appendicitis from which he never recovered.  He passed away 6th April 1941. 

Another brother, Percival.Kenneth Partington, also a Bandsman, was on board H.M.A.S. Perth but was picked up by Japanese after Perth was sunk and interned for the duration of the war. He survived and returned to Tasmania .









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