John Vincent Andrew (Jack) CAREY


CAREY, John Vincent Andrew

Service Number: PM1099
Enlisted: 1 September 1939, HMAS Cerberus/HMAS Penguin/HMAS Uki. Prior R.A.N. service: Sto II 7-2-1933, Sto 1-7-1934 and Ldg Sto 1-7-1935.
Last Rank: Petty Officer Stoker
Last Unit: HMAS Vampire I
Born: South Melbourne, Victoria, 11 February 1911
Home Town: South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: SS. Peter and Paul's School, South Melbourne
Occupation: Victorian Railways
Died: Killed in Action, At Sea, Bay of Bengal., 9 April 1942, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea. Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial: Panel 76, Column 1.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

1 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Petty Officer Stoker, SN PM1099, HMAS Cerberus/HMAS Penguin/HMAS Uki. Prior R.A.N. service: Sto II 7-2-1933, Sto 1-7-1934 and Ldg Sto 1-7-1935.
3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN PM1099
30 Sep 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Petty Officer Stoker, HMAS Vampire I
9 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Petty Officer Stoker, SN PM1099, HMAS Vampire I, RAN Operations - 'SW Pacific / Indian Ocean 1941-43'

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts


Was Well-Known in Junior Football Circles

Relatives and friends of Stoker Petty Officer Jack Carey were deeply shocked to learn of his death, which occurred in the course of a naval-aerial duel in distant waters last Thursday week. Official notification to this effect has been received by his wife, Mrs. Violet Carey, of Nelson Road, South Melbourne, who is left with an eight-year-old son, Alan.

Stoker P.O. Carey was born in Nelson Road 31 years ago, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carey, who still reside there. He was educated at SS. Peter and Paul's School, South Melbourne, where his son is also being taught, and on leaving school entered the Victorian Railways. He was a booking clerk when he was called to Sydney before the outbreak of war in 1939, having served previously in the Naval Reserve at Port Melbourne. After a term at Garden Island, he was drafted to H.M.A.S. Uki, a mine-sweeper, on which he served for two years. He was transferred to a destroyer in September, 1941, and it was on board this ship that he met his death. He was the only Victorian of eight victims of the attack.

The deceased sailor was a successful athlete. He commenced his football career with South Melbourne C.Y.M.S. in 1928, and his strong ruck play helped the club to win the championship of the association in 1930. Carey won the gold medal as the association champion that year. He played with South Second Eighteen for three years, and just prior to being called up for service represented Victoria in a Railways interstate match in Sydney. He was one of the best afield. A good handballer, he played with South Melbourne. He was one of the pioneers of the Emerald Social Club.

On Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul's Church, Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Ryan.

Amongst many messages of sympathy received by his bereaved relatives was one from the Mayor and councillors of this city. - The Record, 18 April 1942. (

S.-P.O. Carey ... was last in Melbourne in September, 1941, when he enjoyed brief shore leave, an occasion which his hosts of local friends made memorable. His death has dealt a stunning blow, and in the words of one friend, "it is impossible to realise that Jack Carey, who was big and powerful enough to defend himself against any man, is no more." ... - The Record, 25 April 1942. (