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Aileen Jacobs


Born 31st May 1930 at West Ashling, Sussex

Died 16th December 2010 in Fareham


William Edward Alexander (Ted) Jacobs

Rosina May Ings (Cis)






Aileen at 6 months - probably

Aileen aged 7


Aileen, 2 years 4 months

The following notes are from Aileen’s brother Jim:

While Aileen was still at school she was active in St John's Ambulance, and with Fareham branch just after D Day, when she was 14, she helped out with wounded servicemen being returned from France to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, so at that stage I guess she had decided on a nursing career. She completed her SRN training in Portsmouth.

At that time we lost touch as I was undertaking my National Service, spending most of it in Korea, followed by Regular Army service until March 1957, again in the Far East.

'Aileen next moved to the Middlesex Hospital where she did midwifery. She then moved to the Maida Vale Hospital for spinal injuries/nervous disorders and this is where she met Aubrey who was also working there. She followed Aubrey out to Melbourne, Australia where they worked at the same hospital, the North Melbourne. I recall getting a letter in Hong Kong to say that Aileen's ship caught fire in the Indian Ocean, passengers somehow got to Colombo, Ceylon, where they were put up in a hotel awaiting the arrival of the P&O liner Arcadia which was on her maiden voyage to Australia. Eventually arriving in Melbourne, she married Aubrey, and worked in the same Melbourne hospital until about November 1956, sailing for the UK where they arrived a month later.

Aileen with Jim, 1938

Aileen 20's1
Aileen boat1

Aileen, in her twenties

Aileen, en route to Australia


Aileen married Aubrey Quintana in April 1956, in Australia

This photo of Aubrey was taken in Alexandria, Egypt in 1945.

Aileen and Aubrey

Aubrey Quintana

Their two daughters are:
Rosemary born 27th May 1957 in Gosport, and
Hilary born 14 November 1960 in Fareham

Aileen, Aubrey, xmas 55 a

Thanks to Hilary for this photo of Aileen and Aubrey, taken in a NSW restaurant at Christmas 1955, four months before their marriage.

Aubrey Quintana died in Fareham October 13th 2012, aged 94,
not quite two years after Aileen.

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