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My ROT Tribute Website currently contains the records of 1052 RAN Members of :

  • HMAS Waterhen
  • HMAS Voyager
  • HMAS Vendetta
  • HMAS Vampire
  • HMAS StuartAlso listed are Crew Members of Escort Ships:-
  • Hobart
  • Parramatta
  • Napier
  • Nizam

These are the Ships of the Royal Australian Navy who supported our Army Troops in Tobruk, during the Siege Period of April 10 til November 7, 1941.

These Ships carried in the Supplies (Food, Ammunition, Fuel & Equipment, etc) and Reinforcement Troops to replace those who had Fallen or who were Wounded in Action.

These Ships carried out seriously Wounded, for evacuation to better equipped Hospitals in Egypt and Palestine, to receive treatment that could not be provided at the 2/4 AGH, located in Tobruk, by the Harbour.

These Ships operated under most difficult of conditions, very often under attack by Italian and German aircraft - theirs was no easy task.

The Army Rats of Tobruk, looked up to these RAN Officers and Men, who supported them under the most arduous conditions - you will never hear a Rat of Tobruk (Army) say anything bad about our Navy.


I thank the Webmaster of Gun Plot for providing Crew Lists for the 5 Scrap Iron Flotilla Ships, from which my records have been created - not all on those Crew Lists for these Ships, Served on the Tobruk Run, for that particular period and do not appear on my records.


If your RAN Rat of Tobruk is not on my ROT Tribute Website, please contact me with his Full Names and his Service Number, so that I can investigate.

My Contact Details can be found in my ROT Tribute Website - Contacts.


Thank You

Owen Carlton

A Proud Nasho


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UPDATE - 05/05/2018 ::::::::::::

Dear Website Viewer - Please Note:-

  • If your Ancestor has Passed On; and if his Deceased Column is Blank; please contact the Author with his Full Date of Death, to complete his record.
  • If your Ancestor is not on this Honour Roll, check the "Uncomfirmed Roll" and if found there, please contact the Author.
  • If your Ancestor is not on any Honour Roll, please contact the Author, with his Service Number and Full Names.

Current National ROT Database Figures are:--

Australian Rats

            ARMY          13,777   ( Increased since 1/09/2017 = 982 )

            RAAF                 27

            RAN                 935    ( Increased since 1/09/2017 = 935 )


Allied Rats

            UK                     94     ( Increased since 1/09/2017 = 8 )

             Polish             171     ( Increased since 1/09/2017 = 11 )


POWs                        1191     ( Increased since 1/09/2017 = 26 )


Total Increase since 1/09/2017 = 1962

There were many of our Indignenous Soldiers who Served with distinction during WW1 and WW2, and since.


The Black Rat by Iris Clayton


He lived in a tin hut with a hard dirt floor.
He had bags sewn together that was his door.
He was a Rat of Tobruk until forty five,
He was one of the few that came back alive.

Battered and scarred he fought for this land,
And on his return they all shook his hand.
The price of fighting for the freedom of man
Did not make any difference to this Blackman.

He returned to the outback, no mates did he find.
If he had a beer he was jailed and then fined.
He sold all his medals he once proudly wore:
They were of no use to him any more.

Confused and alone he wandered around,
Looking for work though none could be found.
The Anzac marches he badly neglected,
Would show to his comrades how he was rejected.

He fought for this land so he could be free.
Yet he could not vote after his desert melee.
And those years in the desert they really took their toll,
He went there quite young and he came home so old.

This once tall man came from a proud Black tribe,
Died all alone – no one at his side.



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