Walter Valentine Windram, known as Val, survived attack on H.M.A.S. Canberra
June 02, 2009
thank you for your informative blog.
I read that you have a list of crew of HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island.
I believe my uncle served on the Canberra. Walter Valentine Windram, known as Val, 1905- 1956. A career navy man he suffered terribly post war from apparent post traumatic stress. He died before I knew him, but other family members paint a grim picture of his post war life. He never married and had no children. I would like my children to know something more of him for remembrance.
I have seen his paper service record, which states he was compensated for the loss of his kit on the Canberra. However this document is difficult to read.
Below is the only photo of him I know exists. He is the taller of the two.
So please confirm if you are able that he was indeed serving on the Canberra during her final days.