? 103 yrs, HMAS AE1 found & 35 Crew, new Profiles in WikiTree now.

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These 35 crew members are now Linked in = [https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:HMAS_AE1] =

- These brave men from UK & Aust, and one from NZ, were lost, in the early months of WW1, near Rubaul (their story here in rslvirtual - ).  [https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au/explore/units/468 '''RSL''' ''Virtual'' '''AE1''']    , and the

UK members are Listed in = [https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-cemeteries-and-memorials/142001/plymouth-naval-memorial naval personnel who had no grave. . . CWGC ]  =

The boat's skipper was = Thomas Besant. =  ? are you connected ?

.This year will be the centenary of the end of WW1 - cheers - john.a

(ps - also "Tassie" lad  = Cyril Baker  = at = [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_AE1#Memorials] = )

asked in The Tree House by John Andrewartha G2G6 Mach 3 (39.7k points)
retagged by John Andrewartha
Brilliant job gathering names in this way, a great resource for journalists, writers, researchers and family historians in the wider community.

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Excellent work, John! Did you know that categories are connected to a category tree? Your category currently lacks a parent category. I will get our Military and War category expert to connect it to the tree correctly so people can find it. Also, we can add these profiles to the appropriate projects so they will be more widely viewed. It’s wonderful to honor these sailors!! Thanks so much for all this hard work!!
answered by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (206k points)
selected by Laura Bozzay
linked in to Royal Australian Navy Ships
Thanks so much once again, Keith!!
+9 votes
Great job John. I love to see navy stuff here.

Rich Devlin

Commander USNR-R
answered by Richard Devlin G2G6 Mach 8 (88.5k points)

hi Rich - - -   TODAY -

this one is yours - - -  should be a few Profiles in the history of her - - cheers -


The wreckage of a US aircraft carrier credited with helping save Australia from possible Japanese invasion during World War II has been found off the Queensland coast.

Key points:

  • USS Lexington went down on May 8, 1942
  • Its wreckage was discovered 800km off the Queensland coast on Sunday
  • Search team funded by US billionaire Paul Allen found the aircraft carrier

In May 1942, the USS Lexington, along with 216 of its crew and 35 aircraft, was lost during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Seventy-six years later, a search led by US billionaire Paul Allen has now located the wreckage around 800 kilometres off the coast of Queensland.


LOL I was just looking at that on the news before I got here
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I've created profiles for Thomas's parents (Edgar and Margaret). Edgar's father William Besant already had a profile on Wikitree, so Thomas should connect to the global tree tomorrow. 

answered by Carol Keeling G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)

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