Australia Remembers – Doug Martin’s Story

The following video is a story shared by Veteran Doug Martin and his recollection of the sinking of HMASCanberra.

The story told by the Australian War Memorial is In the darkness of the early hours of the morning of 9 August 1942 the RAN heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged off Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) in a surprise attack by a powerful Japanese naval force in an action that became known as the Battle of Savo Island. Canberra was hit 24 times in less than two minutes and 84 of her crew were killed including Captain Frank Getting. Following an order to abandon ship the Canberra was sunk the next day by a torpedo from a US destroyer.

This interview and video was directed and edited by young local students, offering them not just film making skills but also a stronger understanding and knowledge of our history and the importance of Days of Remembrance.

Currumbin RSL welcomes you to share your story or a family members story in relation to our Australia Remembers campaign below in the comments section, email footage and images to Stacey at or drop them in at our reception desk and we will return them back to you safely.

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We thank Gold Coast District RSL for their kind donation toward our Australia Remembers project