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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Doherty
First Name:John B.
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

John B. Doherty

JOHN B. DOHERTY On Friday, June 11, the death ocurred of John B. Doherty at the Melbourne Hospital after a long and painful illness. Deceased was a native of this town, and was the youngest son of the late Jeremiah and Anne Doherty. He was attached to Cerberus and was one of the crew which brought the first destroyers (Parra matta and Yarra) from, England. Whilst in England he marched in the funeral procession of the late King Edward VII. He saw active service in the Great War, being engaged in mine sweeping. Some time later his health began to fail and he never recovered fully. A sister and brother are the only surviving ones of a large family. The funeral (Private) took place in the Williamstown Cemetery. Rev. Father Flannery officiated at the grave. R. B. Penn was the undertaker.

Williamstown Chronicle, 26 June 1937

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

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