Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A. Back to Search

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Location Point Walter Reserve, Honour Avenue, Bicton, Melville - Western Australia, Australia
Type Monument
Description

A bronze plaque on a granite obelisk situated on the banks of a lake.

Built Not yet discovered
Opened 2 May 1999 by Mrs Vivian Statham (nee Bullwinkle) AO MBE ARRC FNM and another POW survivor Mrs Wilma Young (nee Oram) AM
Inscription

Our Nursing Heritage. The Vyner Brooke tragedy.

On 12th February 1942 sixty five Australian Army Nursing Sisters were ordered to leave Singapore in the wake of the advancing Japanese army. They boarded the ship the "Vyner Brooke" along with civilians. Two days later the ship was discovered by Japanese aircraft and bombed. Twelve nurses drowned after the attack. Twenty two nurses, many of them wounded landed on Banka Island. The group was found by Japanese soldiers and forced to walk into the sea and were shot. One nurse named Vivian Bullwinkel although shot, feigned death, and later made her way to shore. She and the remaining thirty one nurses became prisoners of war for three and a half years. A further eight nurses died during this period of captivity. Twenty four nurses returned home. This memorial was officially unveiled on 2 May 1999 by Mrs Vivian Statham (nee Bullwinkle) AO MBE ARRC FNM and another POW survivor Mrs Wilma Young (nee Oram) AM to celebrate the 100th year of Womens Suffrage in Western Australia.

Condition

Good

Names

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HUGHES, Gladys Laura

Service number VX61331
Lieutenant
Australian Army Nursing Service
Australian Army Nursing Service
Born 19 Sep 1908

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SINGLETON, Irene Ada

Service number VFX48842
Sister
2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 21 Jun 1908

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HEMPSTED, Pauline Blanche

Service number QFX22714
Captain
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 9 Sep 1908

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RAYMONT, Wilhemina Rosalie

Service number TFX6012
Sister
2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 17 Dec 1911

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FAIRWEATHER, Lorna Florence

Service number SX13431
Staff Nurse
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 31 Jan 1913

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NEUSS, Kathleen Margaret

Service number NFX70527
Sister
10th Australian General Hospital
AIF WW1
Born 16 Oct 1911

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HODGSON, Minnie Ivy

Service number WFX11174
Sister
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 16 Aug 1908

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JEFFREY, Agnes Betty

Service number VX53059
Lieutenant
2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 14 May 1908

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