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Purdon Albert Samuel



Born New Norfolk Tasmania to Albert Samuel and Ethel May Purdon, Albert was listed as a Labourer when he enlisted and joined the crew of H.M.A.S. Swan. When the Japanese carried out their first air raid on Darwin 19th February 1942 HMAS Swan was moored in the harbour but managed to get under way after the Japanese attack had started.  HMAS Swan was attacked on seven occasions and with several near misses which caused damage to the ship and the death of three sailors and the wounding of 19 others.  

Albert Purdon was one of the three killed.








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