Mystery HMAS sailor may be Bolgart man’s cousin

AN UNKNOWN Australian sailor whose body was washed ashore on Christmas Island in February 1942 after the World War II sinking of HMAS Sydney may turn out to be the cousin of Bolgart man Ray Martin (pictured left in 2010 with wife Doris).

The Australian light cruiser was sunk in November 1941 about 200km west of WA’s Dirk Hartog Island with the loss of all 645 sailors on board after a surprise attack by the German raider Kormoran.

The Kormoran was sunk by HMAS Sydney during the half-hour battle.

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