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|
|Date||1 December 1915||Age||28|
|Address at Enlistment||49 Bishop Street, St Albans, Christchurch|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||B Flynn (father) 49 Bishop Street, St Albans , Christchurch. NZ|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
|Campaigns||Balkan; Egyptian; Western European; Asiatic|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
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|
|Date||6 April 1918||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Hospitalised 31 March 1918 to 1 April 1918
|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)|
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 http://billiongraves.com/; Paperspast; ancestry.co.au; 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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Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG
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