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John Stuart Mould
John Stuart Mould joined the RAN
Volunteer Reserve in 1940.
He trained in the UK as a rendering
mines safe (RMS) and bomb disposal
officer and he disarmed unexploded
bombs and mines across Britain.
Mould was the first RMS officer to
successfully defuse a German magnetic
unit and a moored magnetic mine, ena-
bling British scientists to identify their
He received a commendation for
bravery in 1941 and the following year
was decorated with the George Medal
and George Cross.
Mould completed wartime service
in Ceylon and Australia, where he dis-
charged in November 1945.
Leon Verdi Goldsworthy
Leon Verdi Goldsworthy joined the RAN
Volunteer Reserve in 1941 and soon
found himself serving as a RMS and
bomb disposal officer in the UK.
Goldsworthy was heavily involved
in mine/bomb disposal work conducted
under extremely hazardous circum-
stances -- in many cases under water or
waist-deep in mud.
He was awarded the George Cross for
bravery in 1943 and the following year
was awarded the George Medal.
By the end of the war, LCDR
Goldsworthy had successfully rendered
safe more than 300 mines and his brav-
ery was further recognised through the
award of a Distinguished Service Cross
and a mention in dispatches.
He was RAN's most decorated officer
of World War II.
Hugh Randall Syme
Hugh Randall Syme was another who
joined the RAN Volunteer Reserve and
became a qualified RMS officer.
In December 1940 he was posted
to the Royal Navy (RN) establishment
HMS Vernon, where he quickly gained a
reputation for courage and initiative.
He was awarded the George Medal
in June 1941 for his coolness in dealing
with 10 enemy mines.
In June 1942 he was awarded a bar
to his George Medal for disarming a
mine lodged deep in clay in a reservoir
embankment at Primrose Hill, London.
In March 1943 he was awarded the
George Cross for carrying out 19 mine
After returning to Australia, he estab-
lished a bomb disposal section at HMAS
Cerberus in April 1943. However, the
organisation was never operationally
George Gosse joined the RAN in 1926
and underwent training in HMA Ships
Australia and Canberra before joining
the British Mediterranean Fleet.
In October 1940 he enlisted in the
RAN Volunteer Reserve as an ordinary
seaman, and was later commissioned
as a sub lieutenant in April 1941 while
undergoing training in the UK.
In December 1941 he joined the
Royal India Navy's HMIS Hooghly as a
mine disposal officer.
From late 1944, Gosse served in
the UK where he qualified as a shallow
water diver before going to Germany to
begin underwater mine disposal duties in
the captured port of Bremen.
There, Gosse distinguished himself,
directing searches for mines laid by
retreating enemy forces and undertaking
dangerous duties himself.
In one such operation he successfully
dived on a D-type mine with additional
fittings known as the "Oyster". It was
pressure-operated, with acoustic and
magnetic units incorporated in its deto-
With the aid of a waterproof torch
and proceeding by touch, Gosse used
improvised tools to remove the primer
and interrupt the detonation train.
Perhaps the most unusual experience
in the annals of the Women's RAN
was that of Australia's only honorary
WRAN, Ruby Boye.
She lived with her husband, Skov, in
Solomon Islands where he managed a
When war in the Pacific broke out,
the base wireless operator returned to
Australia to enlist in the RAAF.
Boye volunteered to take over his
duties and was soon using the radio
equipment to provide the Allies with
regular weather forecasts and other
When the Japanese invaded Solomon
Islands, Boye stayed and taught herself
Morse code, transmitting reports back
Boye was commissioned as an hon-
orary third officer in the WRAN. Her
appointment followed the capture and
death of a fellow coast watcher in New
Guinea. The hope was that, if captured,
Boye would be recognised as a member
of Australia's armed forces and treated
Boye was awarded the British
Empire Medal in 1944.
Jonathan Rogers joined the RN in
November 1938 and spent most of
World War II serving in motor launches
and torpedo boats.
Promoted to petty officer in 1943, he
was awarded the Distinguished Service
Medal for "coolness and leadership"
under enemy fire off Dunkirk, France,
Rogers joined the RAN in 1950 and
subsequently served in HMA Ships
Sydney III, Burdekin, Tobruk I, Junee,
Anzac II, Warramunga I and Barcoo.
He was promoted to chief petty
officer in 1956, by which time he had
seen further active service during the
Korean War. In 1963 Rogers joined the
destroyer HMAS Voyager as her cox-
On February 10, 1964, Voyager was
taking part in exercises with aircraft car-
rier HMAS Melbourne when she collid-
ed with the much larger vessel. Voyager
was cut in two and capsized.
Sailors who escaped told how
Rogers had taken charge of the situa-
tion, calming shipmates, controlling
flooding, freeing a jammed escape hatch
Twenty-two Navy members, past and present, hav
honesty, courage, integrity and loyalty.
Part One of this two-part centrespread, publishe
Navy people being considered for awards in a D
into acts of gallantry and valour. Part Two profiles anot
The 22 people illustrate Navy's finest qualities as the R
in July this year. Their stories will be used to educate N
a greater understanding of Australia's maritime heritag
Australians to protect this country's maritime interests
Hugh Randall Syme
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