Stories of Remembrance

Navy, Second World War (1939-45)Charles Humphrey Walton,Royal Australian Navy

Charlie received special training in the latest technology that coupled the ships wiring & communications for the Oerlikons & Bofors Guns. This provided a massive fire power that destroyed the Kamikaze aeroplanes at bay.
Alan Stebbing, Long time friend of Charlies Walton

Before the Second World War Charlie Walton was a Melbourne Electrician familiar with DC (Direct Current) electricity. In 1941 Charlie was fast tracked into the RAN onto HMAS Canberra. This ship operated on DC.

On 9 August 1942, during Operations off Savo Island, HMAS Canberra was sunk by Japanese Cruisers. Charlie survived and within 9 weeks was in the initial draft of personnel moving via USA to Chatham Naval Barracks UK to crew HMAS Shropshire. Charlie received special training in the latest technology that coupled the ships wiring & communications for the Oerlikons & Bofors Guns. This provided a massive fire power that destroyed the Kamikaze aeroplanes at bay. Charlie was stationed in the ASDIC Room on call.

He was also the Ship's Projectionist and one night the film caught fire and had to quickly throw the film over board at a time when a gorgeous girl filmstar was on. Charlie was also the Ship's hairdresser. After the Second World War he was a mainstay of the Canberra - Shropshire Association and a good friend of fellow member Mack Gregory. Charlie died on 6 September 2008.
 

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