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A.H.S. Centaur Memorial : 05-October-2011
A.H.S. Centaur Memorial : 05-October-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship "Centaur"  which was sunk in World War Two, and members of the 2/12 FIELD AMBULANCE, AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL CORPS, AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS, AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSING SERVICE, who lost 11 nurses, 179 Field Ambulance personnel, 33 Army Medical Corps personnel, and 45 Merchant Navy crew.

The Centaur, 2/3rd Australian Hospital Ship, was a motor passenger ship converted in early 1943 for use as a hospital ship. In November 1941 it had rescued survivors of the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran after it had sunk and been sunk by H.M.A.S. Sydney.

On 12 May 1943 the Centaur sailed unescorted from Sydney at 0945 hours carrying her crew and normal staff, as well as stores and equipment of the 2/12th Field Ambulance but no patients. It was sunk without warning by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine on 14 May 1943 at approximately 0400 hours, its position being approximately 27°17` S, 153°58` E about 50 miles east north-east of Brisbane. Of the 332 persons on board, only 64 survived. These survivors spent 35 hours on rafts before being rescued.

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:14-May-1943
Actual Event End Date:14-May-1943

Dedication

Front Inscription

A.H.S. CENTAUR
1943.
2/12 Field Ambulance  Australian Army Medical Corps 
Australian Army Service Corps   Australian Army Nursing Service

Sunk May 14th 1943
Loss Of Life
11 Nurses
179 Field Ambulance
33 Army Medical Corps
45 Merchant Navy Crew

Lest We Forget

Source: MA,SKP
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