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 memorial
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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MITTELHEUSER, Pearl Beatrice

Service number QFX19068
Lieutenant
10th Australian General Hospital
AIF WW1
Born 28 Apr 1904

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WILMOTT, Bessie

Service number WFX3439
Sister
2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 24 May 1913

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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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ELMES, Dorothy Gwendoline Howard

Service number NFX70526
Sister
10th Australian General Hospital
AIF WW1
Born 27 Apr 1914

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TAIT, Mona Margaret Anderson

Service number NFX76281
Nursing Sister
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 6 Feb 1915

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BEARD, Alma May

Service number WFX11175
Sister
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 14 Jan 1913

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PASCHKE, Olive Dorothy

Service number VFX38812
Major
2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 19 Jul 1905

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CLARKE, Mary Dorothea

Service number NFX70938
Sister
10th Australian General Hospital
AIF WW1
Born 20 Jul 1911

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