Joint services announced for commemoration

Published on Monday, 13 November 2023 at 10:49:43 AM

Services will be observed in both Germany and Geraldton to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the battle between the HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran in 1941.

Commemorating 82 years since the World War II engagement off the West Australian coast that saw the sinking of both vessels and the loss of all hands aboard the HMAS Sydney II, this will be the first time an official service will be conducted in both countries.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Jerry Clune said it was important to honour such a significant historic event.

“The battle between the HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran is an integral part of the rich tapestry of Geraldton’s history,” he said.

“Having joint services recognises the sacrifice made by sailors on both sides.

“I look forward to seeing our community come together and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price in the service of their country.”

A commemorative service will take place on Friday 17 November in Kiel/Laboe Germany whilst in Geraldton a Sunset Service will be conducted at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial on Sunday 19 November at 5.45pm.

The Geraldton service will be attended by a number of dignitaries including City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Jerry Clune, Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton MLA, the Hon Steve Martin MLC, Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Commissioner Peter King, the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for WA Dr Gabriele Maluga and Deputy Defence Attaché to Australia and New Zealand Ltd Col Dominic Vogel.

The main address will be delivered by Senior Officer Western Australia, Commodore Ivan Ingham AM RAN.

A free shuttle bus service will depart from the QEII Seniors and Community Centre carpark at 5pm before picking up passengers at the Geraldton City RSL and continuing on to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial.

The bus will return to the QEII Centre via the Geraldton City RSL departing from the HMAS Sydney II Memorial at 7pm. 

The Gummer Avenue carpark will be closed for the event.

More information regarding the event can be found on the City’s website.


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