Leading Cook (Officers) Francis Bassett Emms
After initially qualifying as a gunnery rating, owing to failing eyesight Emms transferred to the Supply Branch and was re-rated as a cook in 1938.
Emms was serving on HMAS Kara Kara during the Japanese raid on Darwin on 19 February 1942. Emms manned a machine gun during the raid and continued to fire at enemy aircraft even after he was seriously wounded.
Emms received a posthumous Mention in Desptaches and was cited in the recommendation for his award as probably saving the ship and many of the ship’s company.
In 2011, Emms was listed in the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour. The following link is to Chapter 13 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Emms.
The Tribunal received 7 written submissions that included reference to Emms.
Photo of Francis Bassett Emms courtesy of The Examiner