Bicton 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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SINGLETON, Irene Ada

Service number VFX48842
Sister
2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 21 Jun 1908

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BALFOUR-OGILVY, Elaine Lenore

Service number SFX10596
Sister
Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
AIF WW1
Born 11 Jan 1912

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WILMOTT, Bessie

Service number WFX3439
Sister
2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 24 May 1913

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RAYMONT, Wilhemina Rosalie

Service number TFX6012
Sister
2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 17 Dec 1911

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CLARKE, Mary Dorothea

Service number N104893
Sister
10th Australian General Hospital
AIF WW1
Born 20 Jul 1911

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MCDONALD, Gladys Myrtle

Service number QFX22815
Staff Nurse
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 17 Jul 1909

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ASHTON, Carrie Jean

Service number SFX13548
Captain
2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 31 May 1905

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WILTON, Mona Margaret

Service number VFX61225
Lieutenant
Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
AIF WW1
Born 8 Sep 1913