Remembering AE1’s Lone New Zealander: A Brief Biography of Able Seaman John ‘Rosy’ Reardon

James Hunter

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Since the wreck site of HMAS AE1 was found in December 2017, the stories of many of its 35 crew have been highlighted in the press. One crewman, however, has been largely overlooked. The only member of the submarine's complement not born in either Australia or Great Britain, he was one of New Zealand's first submariners, as well as the nation's first combat casualty of World War I. His name is John Reardon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
Issue number126
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Maritime history
  • maritime archaeology
  • Australia
  • Royal Australian Navy
  • Reardon, John
  • Sailors--Attitudes
  • Biography

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