FLYNN, Sarah Hilda
(Service number 22/233)

Aliases Born Sarah Hilda but known as and enlisted as Hilda. Hilda Sarah on death.
First Rank Nurse Last Rank Sister


Date *1882 Place of Birth Rangiora

Enlistment Information

Date 1 December 1915 Age 28
Address at Enlistment 49 Bishop Street, St Albans, Christchurch
Occupation Nurse
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin B Flynn (father) 49 Bishop Street, St Albans , Christchurch. NZ
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Ambulance
Unit, Squadron, or Ship HMHS Marama
Date 4 December 1915
Transport Hospital Ship Marama
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Alexandria, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Army

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan; Egyptian; Western European; Asiatic
Service Medals 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards Communique

Award Circumstances and Date

Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing Services rendered in Connection with the War. Communique of 19th August 1919.

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 6 April 1918 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Hospitalised 31 March 1918 to 1 April 1918

Post-war Occupations



Date 7 August 1966 Age 78
Place of Death Chrstchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 20 Plot 12855
New Zealand Memorials St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

Sarah, known as Hilda, was the daughter of Bryan and Sarah (née Lynskey) Flynn and never married herself. She trained as a nurse at Hawera Hospital, and then at Waipukurau. Considered very musical (in singing and piano) she had attended Sacred Heart Convent in Timaru.

Hilda served in Egypt, assisting with evacuations from Gallipoli. Later she served on the Dunluce Castle from July 1917 to January 1918, then on the Karama from April 1918 to May 1918. Finally she returned to New Zealand on the Marama in 1918. Hilda was noted to have sent a letter to the mother of soldier James Adam Beattie in December 1917, who had died on board the Dunluce Castle. Hilda's father died before she returned to home.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); Billion Graves at; Paperspast;; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0126505) [01 April 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 April 2016]; Press, 17 September 1875, 2 November 1881, 1 October 1885, 20 December 1893, 4 December 1915, 3 April 1918, 1 December 1925, 7 January 1938, New Zealand Tablet, 18 October 1900, Timaru Herald, 6 March 1902, Oamaru Mail, 3 December 1906, Sun, 3 April 1918, Hawera & Normanby Star, 29 June 1918 (Papers Past) [01 April 2016]; Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, burial record (Christchurch City Council) [02 April 2016]

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