Robert Sabey (Bob) COLBEY


COLBEY, Robert Sabey

Service Number: PA1900
Enlisted: 21 October 1940, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Born: Blanchetown, South Australia, 18 November 1916
Home Town: Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Hamley Bridge, Gawler High, South Australia
Occupation: Amateur jockey, pastoral worker
Died: Killed in action, Indian Ocean, 20 November 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lost at Sea
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geraldton HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Gumeracha District WW2 Roll of Honour, Gumeracha Methodist Church Memorial Stained Glass Window, Gumeracha Our Fallen Heroes WW2 Honour Board, Jervois Memorial Gates, Murray Bridge War Memorial WW2, Plymouth Naval Memorial to the Missing / Lost at Sea
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World War 2 Service

21 Oct 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, SN PA1900, HMAS Torrens, Port Adelaide, South Australia
20 Nov 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN PA1900, HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Date unknown: Involvement
Date unknown: Involvement

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"...PA1900 Able Seaman Robert Sabey Colbey, HMAS Sydney, of Gumeracha, SA. AB Colbey was one of 645 crew members who lost their lives following the engagement between HMAS Sydney and the German cruiser Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia on 20 November 1941. AB Colbey was 25 years of age." - SOURCE (