Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class John Messenger was born in Ballarat, Victoria 1887 and he was the son of Isabella E Messenger of Victoria, Australia. He joined the RAN as an Engine Room Artificer 3rd on 17th Dec 1912 signing on for a five year engagement and was drafted to HMA London Depot on the same date. He was drafted to HMAS PENGUIN æfor Submarine AE1' on DTBR. Submarine AE1 had been built at the Vickers Yard at Barrow in Furness having been æLaid down' on 3rd Nov 1911, æLaunched' on 22nd May 1913 and æCommissioned' on 28th Feb 1914. He was serving in that Submarine when it was lost off New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago on 14th Sep 1914. John Messenger was twenty seven years old at the time of his death. John Messenger is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval War Memorial on Panel No. 4.
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