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We’ve just yesterday had the first of the medals regarding service on HMAS Sydney (including this famous battle) in at Recherché l Service Medals Melbourne. This group includes the Distinguished Service Medal for Able Seaman J.L.Kinniburgh who later served in WW2 in North Africa and Crete in the Army (having put his age down to re-enlist in the Army!).

Australian National Maritime Museum

For the anniversary of the Battle of Cocos 100 years ago, the museum is displaying a collection of material associated with the World War I German raider SMS Emden that was destroyed by HMAS Sydney on 9 November 1914.

Objects on display at the museum to commemorate the Royal Australian Navy’s battle cruiser HMAS Sydney defeated the German raider SMS Emden at the Battle of Cocos. Objects on display at the museum to commemorate the Royal Australian Navy’s battle cruiser HMAS Sydney defeating the German raider SMS Emden at the Battle of Cocos on 9 November 1914.

The items include a German military songbook from 1912, a Reich Pass or travel document, two photographs of Emden crew with a model of their vessel, a small purse, a pair of glasses, and several hand-carved wooden decorative picture frames and skittles  games. Importantly, the material includes first-hand accounts by German sailors of ‘The Raid of the Emden’ and the Emden’s battle with HMAS Sydney.

The wreck of the Emden beached on North Keeling Island, Cocos Islands. The wreck of the Emden beached on North Keeling Island, Cocos Islands. ANMM…

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