Northern Territory Government

Roll of Honour

CONNELL, Alexander (Alex)

Hospital Ship Manunda

Hospital ship Manunda immediately before being bombed on 19 February 1942. A lifeboat from sinking SS Zealandia approaches Manunda.

Alexander (Alex) Connell was born in Rynope, England in 1893. Matthew Connell was listed as his next of kin. He was a cook on board the Australian Hospital Ship Manunda.

HMAHS Manunda was anchored in Darwin Harbour near the merchant ship Zealandia and the oil tanker British Motorist when it was first hit by shrapnel and then a bomb during the first Japanese air attack on Darwin, 19 February 1942. Twelve members of the crew and hospital staff were killed, including Alex Connell, and forty-seven others were wounded. The medical and nursing staff quarters were destroyed, B and C decks were severely damaged and fires started on board. Despite the chaos, Manunda continued to treat incoming wounded and staff manned the life-boats rescuing injured men from the sea.

Alexander Connell left behind a wife, Mabel Jane. He has no known grave.  He is commemorated at Adelaide River War Cemetery Panel 13.

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