80th Anniversary
Memorial Service

Parramatta Memorial

The 27th November 2021, 11:00am will mark the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Parramatta II with a memorial service to be held at the HMAS Parramatta II memorial in Parramatta. One of the lesser known tragedies of WWII is the sinking of the Grimsby class sloop HMAS Parramatta in the early hours of the 27th November 1941 while escorting a convoy, hit by a torpedo fired from the German submarine U559. The service will honour the sacrifice and pay respects to the men lost when Parramatta was sunk.

Currently the COVID-19 regulations prohibit large gatherings which has an impact on the size and format of the memorial service. With these restrictions in place the service attendance will be limited in line with the regulations on the day of the service. To give everyone an opportunity to view the service, the service will be live streamed on the internet. Further details will be published closer to the service date.

Saturday 27th November 2021

Welcome to the Naval Association of Australian Sub Section – Parramatta Memorial

Welcome members of the Naval Association of Australia – Parramatta Memorial. Naapm.net will provide information, minutes to meetings, a calender of events and project planning information for members.

  • We meet on the second Thursday of every month except January.
    • Location:  Club Parramatta, 2 Macquarie St, in the Executive Board Room.
    • Meeting time: 1800 – note that the Ode is recited throughout the club at this time so better to arrive a little early as no-one is allowed in while the Ode is in progress.
    • Limited parking is available under the club and across the street.
  • Our small group exists to maintain a connection with HMAS Parramatta II Memorial, located by the river in Queens Wharf Reserve, George St; 138 men were lost when Parramatta II was sunk off Libya, 27 November 1941. The official custodian of the monument is our sub-Section President (currently Bruce Richens).


Mr Bruce Richens President NAAPM

Meetings will be held at Club Parramatta and via zoom commencing 1800 on the second Thursday of each month

HMAS Parramatta II Memorial Event 2020

2020 Memorial Event Dignitaries

Thank you to our 2020 Memorial Event Dignitaries for your support. L to R: Mr Bruce Richens, Captain Simon Cannell  CSC RAN, Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths  A.O.  D.S.O.  D.S.C. R.A.N (Retd), Councillor Bob Dwyer  Lord Mayor  City of Parramatta, Mrs Jenny Dwyer Lady Mayoress  City of Parramatta, Councillor Lorraine Wearne  City of Parramatta, Councillor Bill Tyrrell  City of Parramatta.

Adm Griffiths Presentation
Admiral Griffiths Presentation Certificate
Adm Griffiths holding the Presentation medal

Links to published documents.

Documents of Interest to the Parramatta Memorial Sub-section are posted here.

A book exchange will take place after each NAAPM Sub-Section Meeting.  Please bring any books that you are willing to donate to the exchange.


Photo Gallery

Photos from previous HMAS Parramatta II Memorial Services. Thank you all that attended, and view online.

Photos from the November 24, 2019. HMAS Parramatta II Memorial Service.

Schedule of upcoming events.

If you would like to add an event to “Schedule Of Upcoming Events”, submit a proposal, or request changes to be made to the NAAPM site, please use the contact form below.


Sunday 4 April 2021

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Sunday 25 April 2021

ANZAC DAY: is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Ref: https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day/traditions

Sunday 4 July 2021

HMAS Parramatta III (DE46)
Commisioned 4th July 1961 under the command of Commander Guy Griffiths, DSC,RAN

Sunday 15 August 2021

Victory in the Pacific Day, or V-P Day is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end. (Ref: Wikipedia)

Saturday August 2021 | Date TBA

The annual Sub Section mid-year luncheon will be held at the Parramatta RSL Club. Date to be decided.

Date TBA

Rooty Hill Sub-Section BBQ
Mr Robert Cooper OAM : 0418 629 846

Thursday 11 November 2021

Remembrance Day
At 11:00am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.

Ref: https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance-day/traditions

November 2021 | Date TBA

HMAS Parramatta II Memorial Service

HMAS Parramatta II was sunk by a torpedo from the German submarine U559’s off the coast of Libya in the early hours of 27th November 1941 while escorting transports resupplying the Allied garrison at Tobruk. 24 of the crew survived the sinking and 138 lost their lives. Each year on the Sunday prior to the 27th November there is a memorial service held at the HMAS Parramatta II Memorial in Queens Wharf Reserve, George Street Parramatta in honour of the men who served on the HMAS Parramatta II.

Service commences at 1100 (11AM). A short march is held prior to the service.

HMAS Parramatta II Memorial

Parramatta II Memorial

2022 Events

Tuesday 26 January 2022

Australia Day

HMAS Parramatta Memorial.
147/151 George St, Parramatta NSW 2150

Mr Michael Kielty
Phone: 0421 314 429

Mr Michael Keilty Secretary NAAPM

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