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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Hannaford
First Name:Stanley
Birth Date: 20-04-1882

Stanley Hannaford

Born - 20 April 1882 in Bridgewater, Somerset, UK.

Enlisted in the RAN on 21 January 1915.

Died - 20 November 1965 in Melbourne.

Served the greatest proportion of World War I on the cruiser HMAS Psyche. Also believed to have served on board the Port Guard ship Cerberus.

Whilst loading stores in India, Stanley and several other men were charged with, and convicted of mutiny, for refusing to load rotten meat. The group spent time in gaol and were forced to travel overland to China to meet up with their ship when their sentences were finished. A postcard to Stanley's wife Myra Grace Dyker supports this. Stanley was also said to have thrown three dignatories off the tug Eagle in Port Phillip Bay.

Details by Clive Dyker, nephew of Stanley Hanaford.

Webmaster's note. It is likely that Stanley actually served at the Williamstown Naval Depot, known as HMAS Cerberus, while training and not on board the ship.

* 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.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.