Acting Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor
Ronald ‘Buck’ Taylor joined the RAN when he was 17, and in 1939 was posted to the sloop HMAS Yarra. In 1942, Taylor was captain of Yarra‘s No. 2 gun. Yarra served in the Mediterranean, and returned to the Pacific when Japan entered the war.
In early February 1942, Yarra rescued survivors from a stricken troopship, Empress of Asia, and Taylor received praise for his action during the rescue. On 4 March, Yarra was escorting a convoy that came under attack from a large Japanese surface force, and was severely damaged. Taylor ignored the order to abandon ship and remained alone at his gun, firing continually until he was killed shortly before Yarra sank. Taylor did not receive an award for this action.
In 2011, Taylor 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 is a link to Chapter 24 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Taylor:
This Chapter should be read in conjunction with Chapter 21, HMAS Yarra.
The Tribunal received 14 written submissions in relation to Acting Leading Seaman Taylor. These submissions are listed below.