On Saturday, Uncle Harold (my great uncle) passed away, aged 90.  All the family were together last November to celebrate his 90th Birthday, and he had a lovely time in Sydney for Anzac Day this year, as the the only surviving member from HMAS Sydney during WWII.

I thought I would write a quick post to let all his family know that although Adrian and I are now on the other side of the world, our thoughts and prayers are with them, especially on Wednesday for the funeral.  90 is a great innings, and I’m sure all the family have some wonderful memories.  My fondest memory of Uncle Harold was how at Katharine’s 21st and Mum’s 50th Birthday parties, he tore up the dance floor, showing up all us young ones with his dancing moves.  All our friends thought he was absolutely gorgeous, and he put a smile on everyone’s face … Below are a couple of photos from his Birthday gathering in November.





Love and best wishes to all


3 Replies to “Uncle Harold”

  1. Ian,Adrian,Phil Uncle Allan & I send our thanks to you both. Harold/Pop/Dad/Unk, passed peacefully on Sat afternoon. We were all talking about how much he has done & seen in his 90 yrs!!From being a scallywag as a child with his twin ,Bill to war time in Egypt & loosing his mates in the sinking of the Sydney. We are all so happy that he was still around to see it found and to be able to go to Sydney to the Memorial Service (even meeting the PM Mr Rudd – “hello I’m Keven”).I will try to email you the Eulogy Allan, Ian & Neil have written.It is short but informative.
    We loved looking at your BOLG. keep having fun!
    love from us all

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    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Uncle Harold – his mates on HMAS SYDNEY II were and are a fine bunch. Never fear though as he was not the last member as there are still a dozen or so keeping watch!


    Bob Trotter
    Finding Sydney Foundation

  3. Bob,
    On behalf of Harold’s family Thank you for your thoughts.
    His was a full life and unlike his shipmates, age did weary him.
    He was always mindful of the tragedy of their loss to the end.
    The Sydney Memorial Service held on 24 April 2008 meant a great deal to him and he has now seen where his shipmates sleep in the steel shrine which was once his ship.
    He is gone now but not forgotten.

    Yours Aye,

    Allan H. Adams

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