George Allan Joseph BLAKENEY

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BLAKENEY, George Allan Joseph

Service Number: 24241
Enlisted: 9 April 1940
Last Rank: Stoker
Last Unit: HMAS Vampire I
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 4 September 1921
Home Town: Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, At Sea, Bay of Bengal., 9 April 1942, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea. Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial: Panel 73, Column 3.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 24241
9 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Stoker 2/c, SN 24241, HMAS Cerberus
30 Aug 1940: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Stoker 2/c, HMAS Stuart
9 Apr 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Stoker, HMAS Stuart
10 Apr 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Stoker, HMAS Vampire I
9 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Stoker, SN 24241, HMAS Vampire I, RAN Operations - 'SW Pacific / Indian Ocean 1941-43'

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

GRANVILLE NEWS

GRANVILLE MAN LOST ON H.M.A.S. VAMPIRE

Among the seven members of the crew of H.M.A.S. Vampire who lost their lives when the ship was lost following enemy action in the Bay of Bengal, was Stoker George Allen Blakeney (21), of Granville.

He was the younger son of Mrs. Mary Blakeney, of Woodville-road.

Stoker Blakeney joined the R.A.N. two years ago, and saw service on several vessels at Greece, Crete, and Tobruk.

In peace-time his main interest was boxing. Several times he fought at Parramatta Stadium. His brother, Roy, is serving with the A.I.F.

The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 29 April 1942. (nla.gov.au)

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