Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star (North Africa 1942-43), Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to J. G. SISSONS R.A.N.V.R. Stars for Navy casualties, regardless of cause or location of death, were issued unnamed.
Enlisted in the RANVR in Sydney 20th May 1941 service number S/V95 (Sydney Volunteer 95)
Commenced training under the “Dominion Yachtsman Scheme” as a potential Officer
Embarked for the UK on the 16th October 1941
Between December 1941 to October 1942 saw service on the Minesweeper HMAS Collingwood, HMS Victory, Minesweeper HMS Llandudno, HMS King and back to the London Depot before making Sub Lieutenant 9th October 1942
Posted as Sub Lieutenant to the HMS Quebec for Combined Operations Depot Inveraray 15th November 1942
Posted to HMS Copra (Combined Operations Depot) 1st April 1943 and duty with the Motor Launch 1038 near North Africa
Sub Lieutenant Sissons was killed in action 11th July 1943 during raiding operations South of Syracuse, Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation “Husky” and the invasion of Sicily.
The crew of HDML1038 were tasked with undertaking “raiding operations” with members of the specially trained 41 Commando, Royal Marines. The objective of HDML 1038 was to land the Commandos south of Syracuse for a pre-emptive strike for when the main landing to occur after.
Sub Lieutenant Sissons is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on Panel 84, Column 2 as his body was not recovered.
Note: Comes with Four Allied Military (Italy) 1 Lira notes, Female Relatives Badge numbered N3598, Mothers and Widows Badge numbered N1450 and the rare RAN Killed in Action next of kin gold lapel pin “This lapel pin is presented by the Chief of Navy in recognition that your loved one, who was a valued member of the Royal Australian Navy, died in Service. May you look upon this in remembrance and wear it with pride”
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