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Christmas Island body was a sailor from battle
by Malcolm Brown

The mystery of the Christmas Island body - which washed ashore in 1942, three months after the battle that sank the HMAS Sydney - was partially solved yesterday with the commissioner of an inquiry into the sinking, Terence Cole, QC, finding the remains were those of a sailor who fought in the battle. The sailor was wearing blue overalls, which rank-and-file sailors wore, and had probably been killed by a fragment from a German shell that hit his skull just above the left eye socket.His body had drifted in a life raft known as a Carley float from November 19, 1941, when the Sydney sank, until the night of February 23-24, 1942, when it washed up on Christmas Island..
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