Ralph Marshman Holmes
Merchant Navy. Australian
|Died||31 Jan 1942||(18)|
Roster information listed for Ralph Marshman Holmes
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Spreewald||Motor merchant||Passenger (Prisoner)||31 Jan 1942 (+)||U-333 (1)|
Son of Harold and Kathleen Holmes, of Calignee, South Victoria.
Ralph Marshman Holmes was third radio officer aboard the Australian steam merchant Mareeba, which had been sunk by the German raider Kormoran in the Bay of Bengal on 26 June 1941. He was taken prisoner, after 103 days transferred to the German supply ship Kulmerland and two weeks later to the Spreewald. He was lost when the blockade runner was sunk in error by U-333 on 31 January 1942.