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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Queensland. - Able Seaman A. W. Huston, Royal Australian Navy (life lost in subsequent operation in 1944), D.S.M.

New South Wales. -Lieutenant H. C. Carse, Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve, Mention in Despatches.

Queensland. - Acting Leading Seaman K. P. Cain, Royal Australian Navy, Mention in Despatches.

New South Wales. - Leading Telegraphist H. S. Young, Royal Australian Navy, Mention in Despatches.

Queensland. - Able Seaman F. W. Marsh, Royal Australian Navy, Mention in Despatches (life lost in subsequent operation in 1944).

South Australia. - Acting Able Seaman M. Berryman, Royal Australian Navy, Mention in Despatches.

The citation of the awards mentions " outstanding bravery and devotion to duty under circumstances of extreme hazard ". This party, after thorough and arduous training in Australia, undertook the hazardous journey of 2,000 miles unescorted through enemy patrolled waters to Singapore. Despite a number of narrow escapes from detection, the party continued with great determination, and after keeping Singapore harbour under secret observation for several days, made a silent attack on the night of the 26th September, 1943, selecting this night on account of. the suitable concentration of shipping. Despite the hazard of entering a closely guarded and patrolled harbour in enemy hands, the party pressed home their attack and withdrew without loss. This attack resulted in the loss by the Japanese, through sinking and 'burning, of seven ships of the tanker and freighter class, totalling :>7,000 tons, at a time when its shipping was hard-pressed to support it3 armed forces. The members of the party were, then faced with the 2,000 mile return journey in constant danger of detection, which they well knew meant certain death.

They reached. Australia without loss or mishap on the 19th October, 1943, having spent over 40 days in enemy occupied and controlled areas under conditions of constant strain and danger and having carried out a highly successful and crippling attack on the enemy, concerning the method of which the Japanese are still in the dark. I am sure that all honorable members will join with me in expressing admiration of the heroic .deeds of these gallant men. Our hearts go out. in sympathy to the relatives of those who subsequently lost their lives. It was by such deeds that the Allies won the war.







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