Knighted on board before sailing from Portsmouth

Edward, Prince of Wales (centre), inspecting members of the ship's company in HMAS Australia
Edward, Prince of Wales (centre), inspecting members of the ship's company in HMAS Australia
Hampshire's Jimmy Gray and Roy Marshall walk out to open the batting at Burnaby Road in a 1950s match

PICTURE GALLERY: Memories of Hampshire cricket at Burnaby Road

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In 1913 the new battlecruiser HMAS Australia paid a commissioning visit to Portsmouth before leaving for her new home.

She departed on July 21, 1913, escorted by HMAS Sydney arriving in Sydney on October 4.

The ship’s company was christened The Botany Bay Buccaneers by Portsmouth dockyardmen and consisted of 850 men of which half were Royal Navy men the other half Royal Australian Navy personnel.

They included some men of the Royal Navy who had transferred to the RAN.

On June 30 King George V and Edward, Prince of Wales, visited the ship. While on board the King knighted Rear Admiral George Patey on the quarterdeck, the first time an officer had been knighted on board a naval ship since Francis Drake in April 1581.

Here we see a photograph looking onboard from South Railway Jetty and the Prince of Wales can be seen inspecting some of the ship’s company.

Note the sennet hats worn at the time.