William Thomas Alldis MORAN MID

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MORAN, William Thomas Alldis

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 January 1917, R.A.N. College. Engagement: 12 years from the age of 18 and intervening period.
Last Rank: Commander
Last Unit: HMAS Vampire I
Born: Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, 11 December 1903
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Kalgoorlie State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Officer, R.A.N.
Died: Killed in Action, At Sea, Bay of Bengal., 9 April 1942, aged 38 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea. Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 72, Column 2.
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World War 1 Service

1 Jan 1917: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Cadet Midshipman, R.A.N. College. Engagement: 12 years from the age of 18 and intervening period.

Non Warlike Service

1 Jan 1921: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Midshipman, At this rank, postings to H.M.A.S. Cerberus, Australia and Brisbane before proceeding to England/Royal Navy.
15 Dec 1923: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Sub Lieutenant, Continued in England/Royal Navy, returning in Jan 1925 to H.M.A.S. Adelaide.
15 Mar 1925: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant, H.M.A.S. Adelaide, Anzac, Sydney, Brisbane, 2 years England/Royal Navy, H.M.A.S. Cerberus and Australia.
15 Mar 1933: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant Commander, H.M.A.S. Cerberus and Australia, 2 years England/Royal Navy, returning to H.M.A.S. Cerberus and Canberra.
7 Apr 1938: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant Commander, HMAS Canberra (I), Promoted to Commander on this ship.
30 Jun 1939: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Commander

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement
13 Oct 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, Commander, HMAS Vampire I, Commanding Officer.
9 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Commander, SN Officer, HMAS Vampire I, RAN Operations - 'SW Pacific / Indian Ocean 1941-43'
11 Jun 1942: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, H.M.A.S. Canberra.
16 Jun 1942: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Malaya/Singapore, Commanding Officer H.M.A.S. Vampire, for "gallantry, steadfastness and devotion to duty in a night action with a superior Japanese force". Endau, Malaya Peninsula, in company with H.M.S. Thanet, 26 Jan 1942.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William Thomas Alldis MORAN was born in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11th December, 1903

His parents were William Thomas MORAN & Rose May ALLDIS who married in WA in 1901