Service Numbers: F2731/20, F2731
Enlisted: 4 September 1939
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Perth (I) D29 WW2
Born: Cannington, Western Australia, 14 February 1920
Home Town: Cannington, Canning, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: SEC Linesman
Died: Killed in Action, Sunda Strait, Indonesia, Sunda Strait, Netherlands East Indies, 1 March 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Fremantle HMAS Perth (I) Memorial, Postmaster General's Department Perth WWII HR
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Able Seaman, F2731/20, HMAS Perth (I) D29 WW2
4 Sep 1939: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, HMAS Cerberus (Shore)
4 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, F2731
14 Nov 1940: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, HMAS Leeuwin
15 Sep 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Kuttabul (Shore)
8 Oct 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, HMAS Perth (I) D29 WW2

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Darrel was the fourth of five children of Edward Eustace Manning (born 1886 in Perth, WA) and Kate Hogarth Baker (born 1884 in Hobart, Tasmania). Eustace and Kate married in Perth, WA in 1909 in Perth, WA where Eustace was a Dairyman.

Darrel was raised in Victoria Park in South Perth, WA where his father was working as a Stock Agent before moving to Jandacott and farming. Darrel was living in Cannington, WA and working as an SEC Linesman when he enlisted in the RAN in 1939. He served initially on HMAS Cerberus V as an Ordinary Seaman (Service No: F2731/20), then served on the Leeuwin, Kattabul and Perth. Darrel was an Able Seaman on HMAS Perth when she and the corvette HMAS Armidale were torpedoed and sunk by Japanese destroyers at the Battle of Sunda Strait. Darrel was one of the 353 of 681 on board HMAS Perth who were killed - Darrel is Missing in Action - presumed killed (The West Australian Tues 26, 1946, p 7).