About the Book

Courtesy National Library, Canberra

Midshipman John Malet Armstrong RAN (1900-1988)

Jock Armstrong was Philip’s first cousin. He was born on January 5th, 1900 in Sydney, son of a doctor William George Armstrong (1859-1941) and Elizabeth Garnsey. His Aunt Amy married Jurat Reginald Malet de Carteret, Seigneur of St Ouen’s, Jersey.

He graduated from RANC Jervis Bay in January 1918 and sailed from Sydney to Britain to join the battlecruiser, HMAS Australia, as a young snotty.

Jock’s many letters home narrate life at sea without any action and his numerous leaves in Britain with his nursing elder sister Enid, in Leicester and London and in Jersey with his Aunt and cousins at St Ouen’s Manor.

His letter regarding taking the surrender of the German Fleet in November, 1918 at Rosyth is particularly interesting. Jock sailed home at the end of January, 1919. HMS Australia was scuttled off Sydney Harbour in 1924.

Jock would later become one of Australia’s most decorated WW2 Naval Captains (CBE, DSO, US Navy Cross,) on the Kent class Cruiser, HMAS Australia. He finish his career as a Commodore and Second Member of the Navy Board with Admiral John Collins.