Presumed Killed

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Front, L-R, Arthur Desborough, Bill Porter

Back, L-R, Bill Bruce. "Bill Bruce is getting too fat so we cut him in half!" , Charlie Crane, Bill Mardell

Front, L-R, Bill Porter, Arthur Desborough

Back, L-R, Bill Bruce, Charlie Crane

These men were all apprentices together


Arthur 2nd from right

Arthur on the right in second row

"After a swim" Arthur (left) and Ted Young (right)

L-R: Ted Young, Bill Bruce, Bill Porter and Arthur

"Being sat on by Charlie Crane"

"Our first cricket match. M.M.s v Sailors"

"Alf Ward is sitting down on the right. The fellow 4th from the left standing is Jim Reeve. He was a pal of mine in the "Ionic' with me. Ted Young, the painter, is first on the left."

Arthur sitting with the cricket bat.

Arthur is 4th from the left
Arthur's brother in law also remembers Arthur Frederick William Demeza who was on of the crew on the Jervis Bay. He recalls... "Another familiar name on the crew list is that of Arthur Demeza. He was a member of the Barking Park Modern (School) Old Boys Rugby Club. For the winter season of 1938 - 39, Alf Demeza was unable to play because of an arm in plaster, so he acted as our guide and mentor to the Club's newly formed colts XV, for whom I played."

This photo from the summer of 1940, shows the Jervis Bay maintenance gang, or at least part of it.

Back Row - Unknown; Lang; Unknown- possibly Staples; Unknown;
Middle Row - Unknown; Desborough.
Front Row - Bruce; James Reid (Bosun); Unknown- possibly Fitzearl, who left the J.B.; Crane.

Lang, Desborough, Staples, and Crane are all 'Carpenter's mates'. Reid is the Bosun. Not yet established what rank Fitzearl would have been.

One of the unknowns possibly Walter Lockwood Bradley, - Head Carpenter. Other unknowns could be the 'Cooper' - Mardell, or Chief Storekeeper Peskett.


The "Uckers" final

Passing the dice - "shaker upper in the "Uckers" final"