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15 December 2009


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A friend gave me a cutting from the SMH [Tues 15 Dec 2009] re Peter Garrett and the story of his grandfather Tom Garrett’s death on the Montevideo Maru.

My uncle Private Alfred William Hawkins Service number NX68309 was in the 19 Dental Unit and we believe he perished on this tragic sinking.

The AWM Roll of Honour indicates he died at sea (South West Pacific Area) 1 July 1942.

I would be pleased if I could get confirmation of the above.

The ABC program on Arthur Gullidge we found very interesting as we are Salvationists.

Thanks for what you and you committee are attempting.

Our records show that Private Hawkins died on the Montevideo Maru. He was aged 40 - KJ

Great publicity in today's SMH. Congratulations. I hope the search for the Centaur will make your task a little easier.

I wrote short biographies for three of the men who went down with this hospital ship, so I'll be following the progress closely.

In the same book I wrote about one of the Montevideo men so I have a particular interest and wish you well in your lobbying endeavours.

These men were all former students of St Aloysius' College.

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