SMS Emden crew list especially wireless operators?

August 4, 2013

Hello Mac:

What a vast list of ship related articles you have on the computer!  I am looking for at least a partial list of Emden`s crew.I am especially interested in the wireless operators. I understand few survived as there was a direct hit on her radio room. Not too hopeful that such a list exists but my thanks for anything you may have or any advice you may give. I am an ex-Telegraphist in the RCN.

Pat Kelly
Sidney, B.C.

see "German WW1 Light Cruiser SMS Emden versus HMAS Sydney"


I cannot unearth a survivor crew list from SMS Emden, but here is a report on her original crew:

According to the Australian Official Historyof the 361 crew of the Emdenplus 5 civilians:

Killed or died of wounds November 1914--129 sailors plus 3 Chinese laundrymen, 1 civilian cook, 1 barber
Severely woundedlater POWs - 21 sailors
Slighty woundedlater POWs - 44 sailors
Unwoundedlater POWs - 117 sailors
Escapedvon Mücke's group - 50 sailors (of which 7 died)


See "re: SMS Emden crew list especially wireless operators?"

November 1, 2013

Hi Mac.

Hi Mac.

I hope you are well. I saw the letter from Pat Kelly of Sidney, B.C., on the SMS Emden crew list. Pat may care to check out the following documents available online on the National Archives of Australia:

NAA Title: Enemy Subjects - German Prisoners of War ex S.S. "Emden" http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=47649 
Page 9

NAA Title: Forwarding lists of prisoners of war ex "Emden" received on board the transport "Orvieto" and "Omrah" at Colombo on 16/11/1914
Pages 2-6

NAA Title: "Sydney" -"Emden" Action Notes of crew of Emden 
Pages 10-13

By the way, in one of the documents, I came across a longitudinal section view of the Emden in five parts. I managed to stitch the parts together to form one image (see attached). If you zoom in, it’s quite detailed.

Martin Elliget
Greensborough, Victoria


Regret I did not keep Pat's email address.


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