Helen Frances Jane Cynthia HAULTAIN

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HAULTAIN, Helen Frances Jane Cynthia

Service Numbers: N270307, NFX76581
Enlisted: 14 May 1941
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
Born: Calcutta, India, 13 October 1904
Home Town: Ingleburn, Campbelltown Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Nursing Sister
Died: Lost at sea - Ship Centaur torpedoed, At sea (off Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), 14 May 1943, aged 38 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Sydney Memorial Rookwood Cemetery, Panel 4
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

14 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, SN N270307
15 May 1941: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN N270307
15 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN N270307
30 May 1941: Involvement SN NFX76581
30 May 1941: Enlisted SN NFX76581
30 May 1941: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, SN N270307
30 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), SN NFX76581, 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
17 Nov 1941: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN N270307
14 May 1943: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), SN NFX76581, 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
Date unknown: Discharged SN NFX76581

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Helen Frances Jane Cynthia HAULTAIN was born in Calcutta, India on 13th October, 1904 - she was known as Cynthia

Her parents were Henry Graham HAULTAIN & Helen Caroline HILL who married in India - she had a brother Charles Theodore Graham HAULTAIN & sister Sybil Agatha HAULTAIN

Cynthia arrived in Australia on the ship James from Calcutta on 14th June, 1920 with her mother, sister & brother

She first enlisted in Sydney on 15th May, 1941 (SN N270307)as a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AMF) and was discharged two weeks later on 30th May, 1941 - she immediately re-enlisted on the same day (SN NFX76581)

Cynthia was missing believed drowned at sea off Brisbane on the ship Centaur which had been torpedoed by a japanese submarine on 14th May, 1943

Her name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Sydney Memorial in Rookwood, Sydney, Panel 4

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Her  brother Charles Theodore Graham HAULTAIN (SN 187) was a Flight Lieutenant in the RAAF and was discharged on 13th October, 1942 and then joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Lieutenant -

Charles was onboard the HMAS Penquin which was sent to look for survivors from the ship Centaur - he had no idea his sister was onboard & sadly her body was never found

He was discharged from the Navy on 10th December, 1946

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