On May 14th 1943, Australian Hospital Ship (AHS) Centaur was steaming a course 24 miles E.N.E. off Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island, on its way to New Guinea give aid to injured service personnel. At 0415 hrs it was struck by a torpedo fired from a Japanese submarine and sank within minutes of the attack, with heavy loss of life. Of Centaur’s compliment of 332, only 30 of the crew and 34 army medical staff survived.
On the anniversary of this day, St. Andrew’s remembered those who lost their lives. Our Joy Wilson lit a candle to mark the event and honour those who died.