Donald Bain SIGG


SIGG, Donald Bain

Service Number: 31199
Enlisted: 3 June 1946
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Warrnambool
Born: Swan Hill, Victoria, 27 May 1928
Home Town: Point Lonsdale, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Injuries due to mine explosion, Cairns Hospital, Queensland, 17 September 1947, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery
Plot B, Row A, Grave 6
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3 Jun 1946: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN 31199, HMAS Warrnambool
14 Sep 1947: Involvement Able Seaman, SN 31199
17 Sep 1947: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, SN 31199, HMAS Warrnambool

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Donald Bain SIGG was born on 27th May, 1928 in Swan Hill, Victoria

His parents were Fredolin Peter SIGG and Elsie Camellia MATTHEWS who married in Victoria in 1911

He enlisted with the Royal Australian Navy & commenced duty on 3rd June 1946 and was involved with bomb & mine clearance in the North Queensland Coast on the ship HMAT Warrnambool

Donald died on 17th September, 1947 at Cairns Hospital due to injuries sustained at Cockburn Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland when the ship hit a mine

He is buried in Cairns War Cemetery, Plot B, Row A, Grave 6

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial


Argus, Melbourne 18th September 1947, page 1



Able Seaman D.B. Sigg, aged 19 of Point Lonsdale, Victoria,who was seriously injured when HMAT Warrnambool struck a mine on Saturday, died in Cairns Hospital tonight without regaining consciousness

Cairns Red Cross had made arrangements for his fiancee, Miss Elaine Bell, to fly from Victoria to Cairns to see him.

The death toll in the tragedy is now three and another man is missing, believed killed.