Louvinia Mary Isabella BATES

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BATES, Louvinia Mary Isabella

Service Numbers: WX11169, WFX11169
Enlisted: 7 July 1941, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sister
Last Unit: 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
Born: Fremantle, Western Australia, 1 January 1910
Home Town: South Perth, South Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Killed in Action, Banka Island, 14 February 1942, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Column 141, Singapore Memorial (within Kranji War Cemetery).
Memorials: Augusta Australian Army Nursing Sisters Monument, Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Memorial Rose Garden, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery, Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A.
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World War 2 Service

7 Jul 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, SN WX11169, Perth, Western Australia
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister, SN WFX11169, 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, Banka Strait (by Banka Island); (AWM) The Sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke.
14 Feb 1942: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister, SN WFX11169, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital, Malaya/Singapore

OUR SINGAPORE NURSES

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 honor all mankind.



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

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Vyner Brooke

Louvima was one of sixty five Australian nurses and over 250 civilian men, women and children evacuated on the Vyner Brooke from Singapore three days before the fall of Malaya. The Vyner Brooke was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sunk in Banka Strait on 14 February 1942. Of the sixty five nurses, thirty two survived the sinking and were taken Prisoner of War (POW) of which eight later died in captivity, another twenty two also survived the sinking and were washed ashore on Radji Beach, Banka Island where they surrendered to the Japanese along with twenty five British soldiers. On 16 February 1942 the group was massacred, the soldiers were bayoneted and the nurses were ordered to march into the sea where they were shot. Only Sister Vivian Bullwinkel and a British soldier survived the massacre. Both were taken POW, but only Sister Bullwinkel survived the war. Sister Bates drowned, she was one of twelve nurses who were lost at sea after the Vyner Brooke sank.

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Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Daughter of Anthony Edward BATES, & Mary Jane (nee WILSON) BATES, of Sth Perth, Western Australia.