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MOORE, Frank

Petty Officer Frank Moore (9684) was born on 22 November 1899 in Croydon, England to Frank William and Susan Moore. Before the war his home residence was 30 Lonsdale Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales.

Frank Moore joined the Royal Australian Navy on 27 January 1920 and sailed with a number of ships during twenty-two years of service, including HMAS Melbourne, Platypus, Adelaide, Vampire, Stuart, Brisbane, Sydney, Kookaburra and lastly, the Kara Kara. His record of service describes his character as 'very good'.

Frank Moore’s last ship, HMAS Kara Kara, was originally a Sydney Harbour Car Ferry used on the North Shore run between Milsons Point and McMahon's Point before Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened. She was able to carry 250 passengers and 50 vehicles and was requisitioned by the RAN in 1941. HMAS Kara Kara was used during the Second World War as an auxiliary boom defence vessel with a eccentrically tall funnel.

The Kara Kara and the Kookaburra spent World War II in Darwin carrying out valuable work associated with patrolling and maintaining the Darwin anti-submarine boom net. She was present in Darwin Harbour on 19 February 1942 when the Japanese attacked Darwin and sustained machine gun damage.

Two personnel were wounded during the air raid, including Petty Officer Moore. He later died of his wounds on board the Australian Hospital Ship Manunda. Moore was forty-two years old at the time of his death and he left behind a wife, Maud.

He was buried at Mindil beach on 23 February 1942 and reburied on 1 July 1942 at the Berrimah War Cemetery on 1 July 1942.  His final resting place is at Adelaide River War Cemetery Grave No. G.A.12.

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