Esperance Bay



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Departed Singapore 22/9/1945
Arrived Sydney 9/10/1945

Following their release, most of the men of the Battalion sailed from Singapore on board Esperance Bay on 22/9/1945. Largs Bay, with Battalion members bound for Brisbane, was also on this trip and the two ships arrived in Darwin on 30/9/1945.

While in Darwin, NX51762 Vince Bylos, became seriously ill, and was evacuated to 107 Australian General Hospital (107 AGH). Despite treatment, he died on 3/10/1945, and was laid to rest at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. (Source: Makan No. 339 and NAA: B883 Service Record)

Proceeding south, the two ships passed Thursday Island on 3/10/1945. They separated on Sunday, 7/10/1945, when Largs Bay headed for Brisbane. Esperance Bay continued to Sydney and berthed at the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, on Tuesday, 9/10/1945.

Click here for a list of those who returned to Australia on Esperance Bay.

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(Source: Across the Sea to War; NAA: B883 Service Records)


Last updated 18/03/2019