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11 February 2014


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I'm so glad to hear this. One of the young men from my suburb of Epping went down in the submarine. I'm sure his family's descendants will be very pleased to hear that they are to search for the location of his watery grave.
Here is his information -

Rank: Leading Seaman
Regiment: HMAS AE1, Royal Australian Navy
Age: 25
Place of Enlistment: Waverley, NSW
Date of Death: 14 September 1914
Place of Death: New Guinea
Memorial/Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial, England
Relationships: Son of Mr and Mrs Ernest and Alice Corbould, of ‘Ashledoin’, Essex Road, Epping, NSW.
Other: AE1 was Australia’s first submarine, commissioned on 28 February 1914. Together with her sister ship, AE2, she took part in the capture of Rabaul, German New Guinea, on 13 September 1914, Australia’s first major military action of the war. The following day, when patrolling with HMAS Parramatta, Australia’s first battleship, the submarine disappeared, with the loss of 35 men, representing Australia’s first significant casualties. No trace of AE1 has been found, and it is presumed she struck an uncharted reef. Incidentally, HMAS Parramatta was abandoned in the Hawkesbury River in the 1930s, and its remains can still be found on a mud bank near Brooklyn.

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