William James Morris CORK


CORK, William James Morris

Service Number: 24608
Enlisted: 16 September 1940, Melbourne, VIC
Last Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Born: Swan Reach, South Australia, 22 February 1924
Home Town: Swan Reach, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, Indian Ocean, 20 November 1941, aged 17 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birkenhead HMAS Sydney (II) D48 Memorial, Geraldton HMAS Sydney II Memorial
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World War 2 Service

16 Sep 1940: Involvement Ordinary Seaman, SN 24608, HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
16 Sep 1940: Enlisted Melbourne, VIC
Date unknown: Involvement

Letter written on HMAS Canberra

The "Letter written on HMAS Canberra" was written by Ordinary Seaman William (Bill) James Morris Cork on 21st August 1941 to his uncle Reuben Willie Bertram Groves, his aunt Susan Fanny Groves (nee Cork), and their daughter Kathleen Ann King Groves. Kathleen married to become Kathleen Taylor and she kept the letter from Bill Cork for all her life - it was discovered amongst her possessions after she died on 6th May 2017.

Appendicitis Operation

Newspaper articles show that Ordinary Seaman, William James Morris Cork, had been on HMAS Canberra before being transferred to the Perth hospital for an appendicitis operation. After recovering in Perth he was taken on the crew of HMAS Sydney about six weeks before the Sydney went missing.

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