The wartime letters of Alec B. Doyle


NOTES:-
1. Alec B. Doyle later became an Australian Navy Admiral. The subject of his 'bete noire' in this letter are the Royal Navy personnel. When he refers to 'they', I can only assume he is referring to "Flag" - Vice Admiral Patey.

2. When he says 'we have strong reason to suppose', I can't help but wonder on what basis Doyle makes this statement.This is only the second reference to enemy involvement that I have located to date by a reputable source, the first being in Aubrey Hodgson's notes of the period.

3. On the day this letter is dated, HMAS Warrego discovered the 'KOLONIA" up on a reef near the Bainings, and it would have been interesting to hear his comments on this.

4. 'snubbing any junior who dares to offer a suggestion.' - is a reference I believe to the apparent disinterest of Lieutenant-Commander BESANT on AE1 to answer signals on the 14th, between him and Parramatta.