1-MARCH-1942. While serving within the Royal Australian Navy as a Signals Officer, Captain Hector Macdonald Laws Waller served with distinction aboard several warships of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy during both the First World War and the Second World War. He was the commanding officer of two vessels during the Second World war, the Destroyer HMAS Stuart where he led the ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’ and the Cruiser HMAS Perth. He would go down with the HMAS Perth when it was sunk during the one-sided Battle of Sunda Strait alongside 356 fellow personnel of the HMAS Perth .
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