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The monument commemorates the officers and men of the HMS Jervis Bay which sunk in 1940.

On 5 November 1940, HMS Jervis Bay, under the command of Captain Fegen, was making her way from the United States to Europe, as the sole escort for a convoy of merchant ships. Sighting a powerful German warship, he at once drew clear of the Convoy, made straight for the Enemy and brought his ship between the raider and her prey, so that they might scatter to escape.

Crippled, in flames, unable to reply for nearly an hour the Jervis Bay held the German`s fire. Fegen and his crew fought on until their ship was set ablaze and sunk 755 nautical miles (1,398 km) south-southwest of Reykjavil. Captain Fegen went down with his ship. Jervis Bay '​s sacrifice bought enough time for the convoy to scatter and the remaining ships escaped. Sixty-eight survivors of Jervis Bay '​s crew of 254 were picked up by the neutral Swedish ship Stüreholm (three later died of their injuries). Captain Fegen was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.


Address:Forester Road, Royal Australian Naval College, H.M.A.S. Creswell,, Jervis Bay Territory, 2540
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.124625
Long: 150.706735
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:05-November-1940
Actual Event End Date:05-November-1940
Source: H, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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