Carrie Jean ASHTON MiD

ASHTON, Carrie Jean

Service Number: SFX13548
Enlisted: 27 May 1941
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
Born: Woodside, South Australia, 31 May 1905
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Natural causes, Westbourne Park, South Australia, 7 December 2002, aged 97 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park - South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Wall 12/Row M
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Bicton Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A.
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World War 2 Service

27 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN SFX13548, General Hospitals
27 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN SFX13548, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Wayville, South Australia
20 Sep 1941: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN SFX13548, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Embarked Ship: 20/09/1941, "HMS Wanganella, to Singagpore.
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN SFX13548, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital, Embarked Ship - Date and Place of Departure: SS Vyner Brooke, 12/02/1942, Singapore, (with 65 other nurses, and civilians); to Japanese Aircraft Attack - sinking disaster - SS Vyner Brooke - Date and Place: 14/02/1942, Bangka Strait (by Bangka Island); (AWM) The Sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke.
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
25 Feb 1946: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, SN SFX13548, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
25 Feb 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN SFX13548, General Hospitals

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Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Daughter of Walter John ASHTON, & Caroline Mary (nee SCOTT) ASHTON, of Unley, City of Unley, South Australia.

 

Emotional Welcome As Gallant Women Return

Fremantle, Western Australia; The Australian Women's Weekly

Saturday; 3 November 1945, Page 19.

 

OUR SINGAPORE NURSES

BY Josephine O'Neill

 

No legendary figures, but ordinary women, you, who died

Facing the water, last glance each to each

Along the beach, leaving your bodies to the accustomed surf

Your hearts to home

No legendary figures, but ordinary women, you, who lived

Holding the spirit, through the camps slow slime

Unsoiled by time ...

Bringing your laughter out of degraded toil

As a gift to home

As ordinary women, by your dying you fortify the mind

As ordinary women, by your living you honour all mankind.

 

TROVE:  http://nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/55465571

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