Did Arthur Holmes, a British Royal Navy reservist, serve in HMAS Sydney?
January 05, 2009
I have enjoyed reading your web log on the HMAS Sydney engagement with the Emden.
For many years I have tried to trace a crew list of the Sydney for that day to confirm (and find more out about) a family member of mine (Arthur Holmes) who was on board. Arthur Holmes was a British Royal Navy reservist who emigrated to Australia. I have always assumed he must have volunteered for the RAN at the outbreak of the First World War. He subsequently enlisted in 1916 in the AIF (33rd battalion) and died in France in 1918. I have been able to find his AIF service records but not his RAN records. It is through family history that we know he served on the Sydney.
Have you ever heard of such a crew list being in existence, perhaps linked to the distribution of the memorial coins by the Sydney Jeweler W Kerr.
Many thanks for any help/info you can give me.
The book is only a 16 page soft covered "brochure" or similar. It has everything I wanted to know - gives a complete crew list with home addresses, e.g.
The 7000 number series indicates an RN sailor on loan or transfer.