LESLIE CHARLES WILLIAM MACKERLIE Petty Officer HMAS Australia
November 5, 2010
From commonwealth war graves is following
MACKERLIE , LESLIE CHARLES WILLIAM Petty Officer 18987 31/12/1940 29
And from Australian war memorial
And from UK passenger incoming -- together with other crew.
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From what I can deduce he died in Liverpool and is buried there.
I was wondering if you have any info on him,
I am afraid I really have very little further information about Petty Officer Mackerlie, although I was serving in HMAS Australia at the time of his death, I cannot recall any details.
At Liverpool at that time, the city was subjected to three nights of most intensive bombing, I wonder if Leslie was a victim of this bombing whilst ashore.
Australia was docked in Gladstone Dock then, a 500 pound bomb hit the dock, and a 4,000 pound land mine actually fell into the dock between the ship's side and the dock side. We still had about three feet of water in the dock, part of the tail charge went off, but no damage ensued to our ship. The remainder still ticking away after
At that time I was a Midshipman, and our job during air raids was to don a tin hat, stout boots and man the upper deck to kick over the side any incindaries that fell on our deck.
His death was certainly not caused by any enemy action in which we were involved, at Dakar our only losses were the three air crew of our Walrus aircraft shot down by the Vichy French.
In the history of HMAS Australia, written by M.A. Payne and published by the Naval Historical Society of Australia (undated), the print run was then 1,000 my copy Number 642. There are two /Lest We Forget /pages and /Mackerlie, L,C.W. Petty Officer is listed at Page 203.
Regret I cannot be of more use.