Able Seaman James Bunting

Male 1918 - 1941  (23 years)

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  • Name James Bunting 
    Title Able Seaman  
    Born 8 Jul 1918  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 2 Sep 1939-  HMAS Sydney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    James Bunting
    Rank/Rate/Branch: Able Seaman
    Location: QLD AUSTRALIA
    Force: RAN
    Service Number: B2295
    (HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial)
    Date of Enlistment: 2-Sep-1939
    Locality Of Enlistment: Paddington, QLD
    Home Port/Port Division: Brisbane, QLD
    Roll Of Honour: Brisbane, QLD
    Memorial Location: Panel 60, Column 2
    Date Of Birth: 8-Jul-1919 (died at age 22)
    Place Of Birth: Brisbane, QLD
    Next Of Kin: Adopted son of Reginald Hubert and Mary Bunting, of Paddington, Queensland, Australia  
    Military Service 2 Sep 1939-20 Nov 1941  Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Sydney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Able Seaman
    Service Royal Australian Navy
    Date of Birth 8 July 1919
    Place of birth BRISBANE, QLD
    Date of Enlistment 2 September 1939
    Locality on Enlistment PADDINGTON, QLD
    Home Port/Port Division BRISBANE, QLD
    Date of Death 20 November 1941
    Posting on Death HMAS Sydney
    (Australian Government, Department of Veterans' Affairs)

    The sinking of HMAS Sydney, November 1941 ? Fact sheet 111
    The loss and the controversy

    On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia?s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued. The fate of the Sydney remains one of Australia?s greatest wartime mysteries with not even the location of the wrecks established until 2008.

    For 12 days the government maintained the strictest secrecy about the loss of the Sydney. When Prime Minister John Curtin made the first of two public announcements on 1 December 1941, he did little more than confirm rumours that the Sydney had been sunk. For the public the shock of the loss was accompanied by bewilderment that such a disaster could occur. A suspicion that information was being concealed was strengthened by the delay in making the official announcement, by the lack of any real explanation when the announcement did come, and by the secrecy which surrounded the official investigation of the disaster.

    Little information was released until 1957, when the official history of the RAN in World War II was published (G Hermon Gill, The Royal Australian Navy 1939-?42. Volumes 1 and 2. Official History of Australia in the War of 1939-45, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957). Despite the history's assertion that the story of the Sydney's last action was pieced together through exhaustive interrogation of Kormoran's survivors, and that no room was left for doubt as to its accuracy, its failure to answer important questions confirmed for some the suspicion of an official cover-up.

    The controversy over the loss of the Sydney continued to trouble many Australians and in 1997 the Minister for Defence asked the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the loss of the vessel. The Committee, which was assisted by an historical adviser, received in excess 400 submissions, and took evidence at hearings held in most Australian capital cities. In its Report on the loss of HMAS Sydney, which was tabled in Parliament in June 2000, the Committee placed on the public record for the first time the findings of a major inquiry into the Sydney disaster. 
    Died 19/20 Nov 1941  HMAS Sydney, The Indian Ocean off the Western Australian Coast Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10185  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2012 

    Father Reginald Hubert Bunting,   b. 3 Oct 1886, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary 
    Family ID F3497  Group Sheet

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