Margaret Lamont ADAMS


ADAMS, Margaret Lamont

Service Numbers: VFX66028, V15479
Enlisted: 2 January 1941, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 8 December 1913
Home Town: Malvern East, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Killed in Action, At Sea (Off - Brisbane, Qld, Australia), 14 May 1943, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At Sea
Memorials: Augusta Australian Army Nursing Sisters Monument, Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Centaur Wing, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Memorial Rose Garden, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

2 Jan 1941: Enlisted SN VFX66028, Melbourne, Victoria
2 Jan 1941: Enlisted SN VFX66028
2 Jan 1941: Involvement SN VFX66028
3 Jan 1941: Involvement SN V15479
14 May 1943: Involvement Captain, SN VFX66028, 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
Date unknown: Discharged SN VFX66028

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

"...VFX66028 Captain Sister Margaret Lamont Adams, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), of Melbourne, Vic. Sr Adams enlisted on 13 November 1941, and was killed at sea, aged 29, whilst serving aboard the 2/3rd Australian Military Hospital Ship Centaur. At approximately 4 am on Friday 14 May 1943, during a voyage northwards, the Centaur was off Brisbane at Point Lookout, on Stradbroke Island, when she was struck without warning by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. A total of 286 lives were lost, including 11 out of the 12 nurses on board." - SOURCE (

Daughter of Thomas Lamont Adams and Gertrude Margaret Adams, of East Malvern, Victoria.

Margaret was a nurse on board Hospital Ship Centaur which was sunk off the Queensland Coast by enemy action

Medals: 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Defence Medal