From Our Contribution
|Builder/Built||1913 Cammell Laird & Co, Birkenhead|
|Type||Town Class Light cruiser (4 screws)|
Sailed with a complement of 485.
Armaments were 8 x6 inch guns; 4 x 3 pounders; 1 x12 pounder gun; 2 x .303 inch Maxim guns; 8 x .303 inch Lewis guns; and 8 x 21 inch torpedo tubes.
Town class light cruiser launched in 1913 and commissioned in 1913. Early in the war the Melbourne spent time in the Pacific and Indian Oceans searching for the German East India Squadron, before joining the escort of the first convoy of troops to Egypt. She remained guarding the convoy while the HMAS Sydney went to the Cocos Island group to fight the Emden.
From September 1916 she served with the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea, based at Scapa Flow. Displacement of 5,400 tons and capable of 23 knots.
List of local crew members
Signaller Richard William Thomas Boyle