Australian WWII RANR Wrist Band ID – Killed by Enemy Action 15 Dec. 1944


DEMS Gunner/Deckhand S.W. Savage was attached to RFA Bishopdale from 15 March 1944 – 15 December 1944. On 14 December 1944 the RFA Bishopdale while in San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines was hit by a crashing Japanese VAL dive bomber which struck and starboard upper bridge and then No.3 wing tank, exploding on contact. DEMS Gunner/Deckhand Stuart William Savage RANR was killed. He was buried at the US Military Cemetery at Leyte, Philippines the same day. His body was subsequently moved to Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong. Reference: This ID tag was sent home to family in Brisbane with his personal belongings.

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