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2nd / 12th Australian Field Ambulance : 2-April-2011
2nd / 12th Australian Field Ambulance : 2-April-2011
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A plaque commemorates personnel who served in the 2nd / 12th Australian Field Ambulance during World War Two and the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur which was sunk by the Japanese in 1943.

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:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280169
Long: 149.147612
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 22nd October, 2000
Front Inscription

2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE

Darwin Ambon Morotai Timor Tarakan Lutong Labuan Kuching

AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL SHIP CENTAUR
Dedicated By The Unit Members And Relatives
On 22 October 2000

 

Source: MA
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