Northern Territory Government

Roll of Honour

SMITH, Allan Scott

Ships Officers on the Manunda

Ships' Officers left to right: Mr Thomas Minto (1st Officer), Captain James Garden, Mr Smith (3rd Officer), Mr Frederick George Utting (2nd Officer), and Mr Eric H. Pyett (4th Officer), on board HMAHS Manunda.

3rd Officer Allan Scott Smith was born on 2 July 1908 in Lindfield, New South Wales, to Cecil Bruce Scott and Norah J. (nee Lewis). He was husband to Amelia (nee Behl) of Bega, New South Wales.

Allan Smith was appointed to Midshipman in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (S) from 1 July 1927 to 15 May 1930, which included twenty-eight days of training aboard HMAS Sydney. The Australian Electoral Roll of 1936 lists Allan Smith as living with his wife, Amelia, at 26 Undercliff Street, Neutral Bay and occupied as a Ship’s Officer. With the approach of war, he joined the Australian Merchant Navy in Sydney on 26 August 1939 and served on HMAHS 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 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.

3rd Officer Smith was wounded during the attack and died the following day, 20 February 1942 at 11:30 pm. He was buried at sea on 21 February 1942 at Lat. 12°37’ S Long. 128° 00’ E. He was thirty-three years old.

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