Northern Territory Government

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SPINNEY, William

HMAHS Manunda

HMAHS Manunda.


William Spinney was a member of the Australian Merchant Navy. He joined on 23 May 1939 and worked as a Steward on the Australian Hospital Ship Manunda. He was born in Dorset, England, in 1883. His next of kin is listed as Amelia Spinney.

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 William Spinney, 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.

William Spinney has no known grave.

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