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Armament Supply Executive Staff

This page lists most of the executive staff (also known as "Directing staff") of the RAN Armament Supply Branch to the formation of the Navy Supply Division in 1966. It is derived mainly from the Navy List, and is incomplete. Biographical information is given for some individuals.

The term "Armament Supply Branch" is used in the broadest sense to refer to those organisations that, during the 20th century, were responsible for the provision of ammunition and weapons to the ships of the RAN. It includes Navy Office organisations such as the Naval Ordnance Branch and its successors plus the various field organisations such as Ordnance Depots, Armament Depots, Weapon Equipment Depots, Mine Depots and Torpedo Depots.

The following abbreviations are used:

Entries are listed alphabetically by surname.

Jack M. Abernethy

CAPT J. M. Armstrong, RAN

Stanley Thomas Atherton

Stanley (Stan) Atherton was born on 10 April 1902 in Broadmeadows, Victoria and died on 3 March 1970 at Mermaid Beach, Queensland.

In December 1918 he joined the Department of Navy at Garden Island as a Naval Staff Clerk Class V, with a salary of £60 yearly.

Letter Advising Stan Atherton of his Appointment to Garden Island

At an unknown date he transferred to the Naval Ordnance Branch. Thereafter, his service in the Branch included postings at Spectacle Island, the Swan Island Mine Depot, Navy Office, Brisbane and Newington.

In August 1938 he transferred from Spectacle Island to Navy Office. He was now on a salary of £438 yearly.

A Young Stan Atherton on Board Ship on His Way to Take Up His Appointment at Garden Island in 1918

During World War 2, Stanley was appointed in charge of the short-lived RAN Armament Depot, Brisbane. This Depot was disbanded shortly after the war.

Stan and Wife Thelma in 1946

In about 1950 Stanley took up duty as the Armament Supply Officer (Magazine) at Newington - in other words, the Officer-in-charge. Stanley was resident, with his family, in one of the residences (Building 122). He remained in this position until his retirement in 1962.

To see more photos of Stan Atherton and his family view June Madden's Photo Album.

(Based on information and images kindly provided in 2011 by Stanley's daughter, June Madden, who also resided at Newington in the early 1950s.)


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Reginald (Reg) Arnold Ball (1894 - ?)

Ball was born 20 January 1894 and was educated at Wesley College in Melbourne. In October 1910 he was appointed as a 5th Class Clerk in the Victorian Law Department but resigned in July 1911 and was successful in being appointed as a Naval Staff Clerk Class III at Navy Office Melbourne in August of the same year. (Navy Order No. 59 of 1911 refers.)

On the outbreak of war in August 1914 he was transferred to the "War Room" from where he was granted leave, in May 1915, to enlist in the AIF as a private, embarking for overseas service in August 1915. According to his application for a commission, dated 9 September 1916, he had "15 months service in A.I.F with rank of A/Sgt. Went to Egypt with reinforcements to 23rd Battalion but was returned invalided with enteric in January '16." In 1917 he was commissioned, after officer training at Duntroon, and again served overseas, leaving Australia with the 19th reinforcements for the 21st Battalion on 11 May 1917.

Whilst serving in France he was wounded on a number of occasions; his wounds included a penetrating chest wound and a gunshot wound to the head. These wounds were sustained on the Somme, and at Mont St Quentin. He also narrowly missed being court-martialled for having been absent without leave. There is evidence on his service record that he was also commissioned in the British Army as a 2nd lieutenant. Elsewhere he records that, following the war, he had a year's service at Australia House in London. He returned to Australia in November 1919 and to duty at Navy Office, Melbourne in January 1920.

The Argus, (Melbourne, 12 January 1922) records that an R.A. Ball passed an examination in First Year Japanese, probably at the University of Melbourne. In April 1924, having been selected to qualify as an interpreter of Japanese, he proceeded to Japan for language study, returning in July 1926. Thereafter, for some years he appeared in the Navy List designated as an interpreter.

Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 1925

According to Jozef Straczek (The empire is listening: naval signals intelligence in the Far East to 1942, Journal of the Australian War Memorial):

Notwithstanding Admiralty instructions to limit Procedure Y activities, the Secretary to the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board (ACNB) informed the Australian Naval Representative in London in 1924 that the RAN would be acquiring automatic W/T recorders which would aid in the copying of Japanese traffic. He also pointed out certain inconsistencies with the copy of the Japanese code held and requested advice from the Admiralty. A revised copy of the code was forwarded to Australia, as was a request to forward any intercepted messages to the Admiralty.12 Prior to being despatched to London, all intercepted Japanese messages were forwarded to Lieutenant Nave for examination. By this stage Mr R. A. Ball, a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy, was in Japan for language study; some time later a second naval officer, Paymaster Lieutenant W. E. McLaughlin, was also sent.

Some newspaper references in later years suggest he maintained an active interest in language.

Whilst convalescing overseas Ball married Rhoda Lister-Kaye on 23 November 1918:; one child is known from the marriage - Anne Cicely Ball, born in 1928.

MELBOURNE, VIC. 1912-07. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICE STAFF OF THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, OUTSIDE THE LONSDALE STREET BUILDING.
R. A. Ball is second from left in back row; W. R. Cox is fifth from left in the same row. Australian War Memorial photo, copyright expired. Permalink: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/306826

At some time prior to December 1927 he graduated BA from Melbourne University. He was also a member of the Institute of Pacific Relations.

About 1928 or 1929 he was appointed to the position of Assistant Armament Supply Officer and underwent 12 months training in England.

In September 1933, whilst employed at Spectacle Island, he authored "The Jubilee of Spectacle Island and Its Early History", the first known attempt to compile the history of the Island.

Ball retired circa 1953; he was then holding the position of Deputy Director of Armament Supply at Navy Office. He probably died in Victoria in 1978 (Registration 2354/1978) although this requires confirmation.

Alan Leslie Angus Barclay

Don A. Barkley

Albert W. Bennett (Admiralty officer on exchange)

H. T. Blake

ENGINEER-CMDR George W. Bloomfield, RAN

John Miller Blunt (27 June 1920 - 28 April 1986)

John Blunt entered the RAN as a cadet on 10 September 1943, transferred to the RAN Volunteer Reserve on 1 November 1944 and was discharged with the rank of Able Seaman on 22 November 1945. He is believed to have been a crew member of HMAS Lolita, a Channel Patrol Vessel, when it was sunk at Alexishafen following an engine room explosion on 13 June 1945.

LCDR Frederick G. H. Bolt, RAN

A. J. Bottomly

R. G. Brown


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R. W. Brown

Kevin Francis Campbell (c. 1925 - 8 July 1968)

Kevin Campbell died in a vehicle accident on his way to work at RANAD Kingswood. Still remembered with respect.

CAPT Henry Priaulx Cayley, RAN (Lieutenant, RN, retired) (1877 - 1942)

"Henry P. Cayley Lieutenant. Penguin, Cerberus, additional for duty as Inspector of Warlike Stores supplied to the R.A.N. Service. NOTE.—Lieutenant Cayley's Head-Quarters will be at Spectacle Island, Sydney, and while at Sydney he will be under the orders of the Captain in Charge and will report through him. When away from Sydney, he will be under the direct orders of the Naval Board and will report through the Naval Secretary. He is to be borne on Penguin's ledger for pay." (CNO 73/1913, 123/1913)
"In 1909 Cayley, now a lieutenant, was posted to the Australian Station as the Royal Navy's inspector of warlike stores. To take advantage of better career opportunities, he resigned in mid-1912 and joined the newly established Royal Australian Navy, retaining the position of inspector of warlike stores; in due course he was appointed lieutenant-commander." (Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition - accessed 18 March 2011)

A short biography of Cayley is available in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

William Rutherford Cox

Cox was born on the 1st of July 1886 (probably at Westhampnett, Sussex, England, the son of Edgar Cox and Catherine Holder (married Barnet, England, Oct-Nov 1876 Vol 3a page 232). Probable date of death 13 February 1964 (NSW BDM 9582/1964 - Father Edgar, mother Catherine Amelia). Prior to entering the Commonwealth service he was employed for 3 years at the Admiralty, London, during which time he was closely associated with the building and fitting out of HMA Ships Australia, Melbourne and Sydney. On arriving in Melbourne in February 1912 he obtained a temporary clerical position at Navy Office. On the 2nd of September 1912 he rejoined the Imperial service at Garden Island and was placed in charge of torpedo store accounts.

When the Naval Establishments, Sydney, transferred to the Commonwealth on the 1st of July 1913, he was appointed to the Commonwealth service and retained on the same work. In March 1923 he was transferred to the position of Senior Clerk at Spectacle Island.

Cox was the resident officer on Spectacle Island from 1935 until his retirement in 1951. A reporter's account of the Cox family's life can be found in the Spectacle Island scrapbook.

Cox was one of two executors of the estate of W.M. Hine after the latter's sudden death in 1953.

"NUGGET" - "Nugget" was a very young dog when brought to Spectacle Island in the year 1935 by his master, Mr. W.R. Cox. "Nugget" was only off the Island when permitted to accompany his master to Newington either on board the "ONYX", or on special occasions, on the "GARNET". That was several years ago. He enjoyed these outings.

"Nugget" was well known to all at Spectacle Island, also to many visitors. When left on the Island whilst his master went ashore, he would patiently await his return and welcome him on his arrival at the wharf. In his early life when his master was doing the rounds of the depot, 'Nugget" used to run ahead and thus give warning that his master was on the job. Later in life, "Nugget" became less active and walked behind, allowing his master to make an unannounced visit As the years slipped by, "Nugget" found it difficult to accompany his master on the rounds of inspection, and eventually resigned himself to the task of minding the office. Many often wondered how "Nugget" would fare if he had to live ashore.

Always a faithfull companion, "Nugget" served his master well, and it was with sincere regret that his master had to acknowledge that "Nugget" was getting less agile each day. Alas, no need to worry how "Nugget" would fare ashore, "Nugget" has gone to rest forever, at Spectacle Island. (RAN Armament Depot Sydney Newsletter August 1951)

N. J. Craner

LCDR James Creber, RAN

James Creber was born in Twilley(?), Devon, England on 2 August, 1857. He probably entered the Royal Navy as a Seaman (or Boy Seaman) on 10 September 1872. He was promoted to Chief Gunner on 29 February 1908 and commissioned as a Lieutenant on 8 April 1911. He joined the RAN on 1 July 1913 (CNO 123/1913) and was promoted as Lieutenant- Commander on 6 April 1919. He retired on 30 January 1923 and was promoted as Commander (Retired) the following day.

As a Gunner RN, he was appointed in charge of the Naval Ordnance Depot, Spectacle Island in 1904, succeeding S. Helen. The RN Navy List for 1908 shows him as a Gunner at the Naval Establishment Sydney. Montague Hine was the Chief Gunner. The RAN Navy List shows that James Creber was in charge of Spectacle Island from 1913 through 1918.

From 1904 to 1918 he was in charge of Spectacle Island, except for the period 1908-1912 when the position of Officer-in-charge was held by a civilian officer. During this period Creber was the Inspector of Warlike Stores, and he was again in this position in 1920. During the years of World War 1 (1914 - 1918) the position of Inspector is shown as unfilled in the Navy List; possibly Creber performed both roles.

(This entry is in part derived from DOTM to 1stNM 12/8/1920; RAB:JOSS and partly from Creber's service record.)

Lalor Edward John Curran

Tom A. Dalgleish

G. R. Davis

W. F. Dickson

Geoff J. Dobbie

G. F. Edwards

Ethelbert Elliott


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A. L. England

W. Estrige

N. H. Foster

CMDR G. L. Fowle, RAN

Herbert J. Gardner

Photo of shells at Spectacle Island

Shells at Spectacle Island c. 1920s - photo by Stan Atherton, reproduced by courtesy of June Madden. The person in this photo is identified as Joe Gardner, probably the H.J. Gardner referred to above.

LCDR John Henry Gill, RAN

In August 1920 the Director of Ordnance, Torpedoes and Mines proposed to the First Naval Member that the title of Inspector of Warlike Stores be changed to Assistant Inspector of Naval Ordnance, in line with Admiralty practice.

The old title was unsatisfactory because of arrangements made for mines and gunmountings to be dealt with by the Engineer Officer for Gunmountings and Torpedoes at Garden Island.

The Inspector of Warlike Stores at this time was LCDR Creber for whom, due to his age, a relief was urgently required. The replacement sought was a "Gunnery Lieutenant or Gunner with experience at sea as such, under 45 years of age, and should be willing to retire from the RAN on taking over his duty ..." The pay at this time was £450 per annum with £50 allowance in lieu of house ... 1 years training in England was considered necessary. The selected applicant was Mr Gill.

"Commonwealth Navy Order 257/1920: With respect to Navy Order No. 202/1920, Mr John Henry Gill, Mate, RAN, of H.M.A.S. Melbourne, has been selected to qualify for the appointment of Assistant Inspector of Naval Ordnance."
  • 1926 - AINO, Naval Armament Depot, Spectacle Island
  • 1938 - Naval Ordnance Inspecting Officer Sydney
  • 1945 - Naval Ordnance Inspecting Officer Sydney

Gill was born at Port Adelaide, South Australia on 29 October 1880. His RAN service record suggests that he commenced naval service on 19 July 1904 with the Royal Navy; another possibility is that it was with the Commonwealth Naval Forces. He joined the RAN on 1 January 1913 as a Petty Officer and was promoted as Gunner on 17 October 1914, Mate on 1 April 1920, Lieutenant on 1 April 1921 and Lieutenant Commander (Retired List) on 1 April 1929. Most likely died 7 January 1971 (NSW BDM 42891/1971) although this requires confirmation.

J. Gledhill, Esq.

Gledhill was the first civilian Officer-in-charge of Spectacle Island, with the rank of Deputy Ordnance Store Officer. He held this position until 1912.

Arthur Gloster

Kevin Alexander Goffey (c. 1930 - 5 May 2006)

J. A. Gosbee

CMDR David F. Graham-Brown, RN

John (Jack) Henry Greening (6 April 1916 - 19 April 1978)

Jack joined the RAN for 12 years as an ordinary seaman on 2 October 1935. After service in various ships, including HMAS Yarra and HMAS Canberra he trained as a ship's diver at HMAS Penguin in 1940.

Jack had many stories of naval life with which to regale young base-grade clerks. During World War 2 he served for some time as a clearance diver on (in?) the Suez Canal, which was then being mined by Italian aircraft. According to Jack, this was his worst posting ever. He was billeted at a small hotel that boasted a jazz pianist - whose only tune was "Tiger Rag". In later life, his musical preferences tended more to "Teddy Bear's Picnic". Having served on the cruiser HMAS Canberra, he was wont to refer to all smaller ships as"shrimp boats". Jack left the RAN on the expiry of his 12 year engagement in 1947.

Always good company, Jack was an outstanding teacher and supervisor, and friend to many.

LCDR John Hayes, RAN (c. 1867 - 24 September 1940)

John Hayes was born on 6 March 1867 at Ballymacaw, near Dunmore in County Waterford, Ireland. He joined the Royal Navy in 1883 and served on the China Station, in Zanzibar and the Persian Gulf. He was appointed to the Royal Australian Navy for 3 years as a Chief Gunner on 12 February 1912, following earlier service with the Royal Navy (CNO 48/1912). According to the Hobart Mercury of 13 August 1914, he was then in command of the gunboat Protector, a tender to HMAS Cerberus for gunnery training. He was appointed to the command of H.M.A.S. Paluma, as from 23rd April, 1912 (CNO 91/1912). He was promoted as acting Lieutenant on 12 July 1915 and Lieutenant on 1 May 1916. During World War 1 he saw service in New Guinea and the Persian Gulf. On 9 June 1919 he was appointed as the Naval Ordnance Officer, Spectacle Island, at a salary of £450 per annum, plus £50 per annum in lieu of quarters. There is an indication on his service record that he visited the UK for training in preparation for this posting. He was promoted Lieutenant Commander on the Retired List, with effect from 1 May 1924. He retired (from his civilian post at Spectacle Island) in early 1928.

Read more about Hayes' time at HMAS Cerberus.

Charles John Hill (1921 - 2000)

LEUT Charles John Hill, RANVR

LEUT Charles John Hill, RANVR (photo reproduced by courtesy of the family of Charles Hill)

Hill served most of the war as a civilian member of the Naval Ordnance Branch. In April 1943 he sought War Service Leave to enlist in the services and in November 1943 he again sought leave to enlist as air crew in the RAAF. His requests were denied as his civilian employment was judged more important. He appears to have made a further attempt early the following year to enlist as a Sub-Lieutenant in the RAN Voluntary Reserve, and this request was formally denied by the Director of Naval Reserves & Mobilisation on 28 April 1944.

Subsequent events are unclear, however on 30 August 1944 Hill was appointed a Lieutenant (Special Branch) RAN Voluntary Reserve on probation, and was assigned to carry out the role of Supervising Armament Supply Officer, North-East Area, borne on the staff of HMAS Magnetic at Townsville, Queensland. This role fell within the responsibilities of the Naval Ordnance Branch but as it was performed in operational areas required the occupant to be commissioned. His RANVR service lasted until 3 October 1945.

Currently, Hill is the only civilian member of the Naval Ordnance Branch who has been identified as having been commissioned in this way during the war. However some Admiralty staff on exchange duty in Australia around the same time were also commissioned for similar reasons.

For further information on Hill's career with the Naval Ordnance Branch, read an extract from his oral history recorded for the National Parks Association (ACT).


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William Montague (Monty) Hine (? - 26 December 1953)

Hine was the son of Lieutenant Commander Montague Hine, RN, Retired. The RN Navy List of 1908 shows Montague Hine, then a Chief Gunner, as serving in Sydney. Montague Hine was placed on the Reserve List on 4 June 1912; he was then a Lieutenant. A death notice for the widow of Lieutenant Commander Montague Hine, RN, mentions her stepson "W. M. Hine" (Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 1933).

He was employed in the Ordnance Depot at Sydney (i.e. Spectacle Island) in 1913 and in September 1915 was transferred to Navy Office, Melbourne in lieu of a civilian Ordnance officer from the Admiralty. Prior to his appointment to the Commonwealth service he had 11 years experience in Royal Navy Depots and in the Admiralty Gunnery Branch.

This prior experience, between 10 March 1902 and 28 February 1913, included time at the RN Armament Depots at Chatham, Priddys Hard and Portsmouth, and in the Admiralty Gunnery Branch.

In November 1918, Captain W.H.C.S. Thring, Director of Naval Ordnance wrote that "Mr Hine has by himself carried out all Naval Ordnance store duties at the Navy Office entirely to my satisfaction ... I submit that Mr Hine should be given an appointment as Assistant Ordnance Store Officer for duty at Navy Office ..."

This appointment did not eventuate. As the Finance and Civil Member of the Naval Board pointed out:

"Mr Hine was appointed by Order in Council as a Naval Staff Clerk ... There are no regulations in existence providing for the appointment, salaries and increments of Assistant Ordnance Stores Officers ..."

In the interim however Hine was recommended for promotion to Naval Staff Clerk Class III; this was approved by the Minister on 19 March 1920.

In August 1921 Hine was appointed as Assistant Armament Supply Officer at Spectacle Island. This position had been created due to the additional work involved in taking over the Newington Magazine. However in October 1922 he was withdrawn for permanent duty at Navy Office, Melbourne.

In 1928, he was appointed as the Armament Supply Officer, Sydney.

The following obituary was published shortly after his death:

"With deep regret, we report the death at Sydney on 26th December 1954, of Mr. William Montague Hine, former S.A.S.O., Sydney. The funeral took place on the 29th December and the Service was taken by the Venerable W. Ashley-Brown of Chatswood, New South Wales, a former Archdeacon of Bombay and Dean of Gibraltar. "Monty", as all his colleagues and friends knew him, attended the R.N. Dockyard School at Gibraltar whilst his father was stationed there about 1896-1900, and, during this time, Monty was a boy-chorister in the Cathedral.

He was born at Portsmouth on 21st June, 1886, the son of Lieut. Cdr. "Monty" Hine, R.N. His grandfather was also an officer of the Royal Navy. His father held Dockyard appointments in various parts of the world, including Boatswain of the Yard at Gibraltar and at Garden Island, Sydney.

In 1902, Monty joined the R.N. Armament Depot at Priddy's Hard, Portsmouth, and in 1913, when the Australia Station was transferred from the R.N. to the R.A.N., he went to the Naval Armament Depot, Spectacle Island, Sydney as a Clerk.

Persons with Naval Armament Supply experience were scarce in those early days of the R.A.N., and in 1914, he was transferred to the Navy Office (in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) where, with Captain Thring R.N. as the first Director of Ordnance, "Monty" helped to found the Australian Naval Armament Supply Administration.

In 1928, he returned to Spectacle Island as A.S.O., and remained there until his retirement on 21st June, 1951.

During the last war, he was promoted to Superintending A.S.O., and from his Headquarters at Spectacle Island, he controlled the organisation which, in the Naval Base at Sydney, kept supplied with guns and ammunition not only the ships of the R.A.N., but the British Pacific Fleet, the Merchant Navies (British and Allied), the Royal Netherlands Navy and the ships of other Allied nations." (Naval Ordnance Branch Newsletter, February 1954)

(This entry is in part based on WAH to DNO 11/1918; DWS/DNO to Naval Secretary 11/11/1918; F&CM to 1stNM 22/10/1919; N18/9311 undated)

ENGINEER - CMDR Barry Hocken, RAN

W. G. H. H. Hosking

R. J. Hughes

W. G. H. H. Hosking

J. Hunter

Mervyn L. Johnston

D. K. Lynas (Admiralty)

John W. Mackenzie

CAPT W. B. M. Marks, RAN

J. M. Markham

CAPT C. C. Martell, RAN


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Alan V. McDonald

McDonald was born on 27 August 1898. He had 2 1/2 years active service during World War 1 with the 4th Division Ammunition Column and 4.5-in and 18-pdr Batteries of the 11th Field Artillery Brigade. Whilst in France he was gassed.

In December 1936 he went to the United Kingdom for training. Later became the first Australian Director of Armament Supply.

"Mr. Alan V. McDonald, of the civil staff of the Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot, Sydney, will leave Outer Harbor by the Jervis Bay today, for London. He has been selected to undergo a 12 months course of training in various naval armament depots of the Royal Navy."(West Australian, 7 December 1936)

Harry McGuiness

John Templeton Miller (? - c. 3 April 1980)

R. W. Moore

Kevin J. Mortimer

Kenneth Alfred Murton

Graeme Edward Nicholls

CAPT Edwin S. Nurse, RAN

Tom D. O'Connor

J. B. O'Leary


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Charles G. Osborne

Osborne was the Foreman of Stores at Spectacle Island on 1 July 1913 when the Naval Establishments, Sydney, transferred from RN to RAN control.

Osborne had prior service in the RN Ordnance Branch. In 1903 he was employed at the RN Ordnance Depot, Priddys Hard (UK) where he was in charge of the shell, tube, fuze and miscellaneous magazine sections. He was also Foreman of Stores at the Naval Magazine Depot, Gibraltar from whence he transferred to Spectacle Island. With the transfer of Spectacle Island to the RAN, he was transferred on loan to the Commonwealth service for a period of 3 years, later extended to 6 years. In November 1918 he was recommended by the Director of Naval Ordnance for permanent appointment to the Commonwealth service as an Assistant Ordnance Store Officer.

This appointment apparently did not eventuate, and Osborne was given a further 3 year extension of his loan until 30 June 1922. He is believed to have subsequently returned to the UK.

(This entry is drawn from W.M. Hine to DNO 20/11/1918; DNO to Naval Secretary 11/11/1918; DNO to 1stNM 19/0236 of 8/12/1919; N21/0420 undated.)

LCDR W. Payne, RAN

Alan Pritchard

G. R. Pugh

Cyril W. Purdom

Terry M. Quill

A. E. Riches

CAPT Charles Wolfram Round-Turner, RN

Bernie E. Ryan

LCDR George T. Saunders, RAN

Raymond Scott

Algar P. Skelton

L. W. Smith


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LT R. Soley, RAN

CAPT Lancelot Arthur Wetherell Spooner, RAN (RN retired), OBE

Spooner was born in Reading, England on 18 April 1885. He was first appointed as a Lieutenant in the RAN on 1 December 1912, after prior service in the Royal Navy (CNO 48/1912). Promoted Lieutenant Commander on 30 October 1913, he thereafter reverted to the Royal Navy whilst still continuing service with the RAN. Between August and November 1914 he was in command of HMAS Protector whilst it served as escort to the submarines and as a unit of the Australian Naval Forces assembled to capture the German New Guinea colonies.

He rejoined the RAN as Commander on 8 December 1919 whilst heading the Naval College at Jervis Bay. He again reverted to the Royal Navy on 2 September 1927, but rejoined the RAN on 16 September 1929. His permanent appointment ceased on 17 April 1931. Thereafter, he served until 2 July 1946 on either Temporary, Auxiliary or Emergency Service, and was appointed Captain on 18 April 1940. On retirement he transferred to the Royal Navy Retired List.

Aubrey E(rnest) St John

Barry V. Stainsby

CMDR Alick Stokes, RN

CAPT John B. Stevenson, RAN

Stevenson was appointed Director of Naval Ordnance in November 1918, taking over from Captain Thring, who had combined the posts of Director of War Staff and Director of Naval Ordnance.

CAPT T. M. Synnot, RAN

William (Willie) M. Thompson

Thompson retired as Superintending Armament Supply Officer on 4 March 1959.

CAPT Walter Hugh Charles Samuel Thring (Retired Captain, RN), CBE, 1873 - 1949

Thring was born on 30 May 1873 at Bradford on Avon, England. He was appointed as a Commander in the RAN on 1 January 1913: "Captain Walter H. C. S. Thring, R.N. (retired) has been appointed Commander in the Royal Australian Navy, with seniority of 31st December, 1903; and for duty at the Navy Office, Melbourne, as assistant to the 1st Naval Member of the Naval Board. Dated 1st January, 1913"(CNO 73/1913). Promoted Captain and Director of Naval Ordnance on 1 January 1915 he served until 31 December 1922. During the period 25 November 1918 and 11 February 1919 he was in command of HMAS Encounter.

A short biography of Thring is available in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

W. E. S. Trigg (Admiralty)

Trigg filled in as SASO between the retirement of W.M. Hine and the return of W.M. Thompson from training in the UK.

H. T. Vickers

J. S. Walker

Brian Ingram Williams

D. K. Young

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