Louvinia Mary Isabella BATES


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: Singapore Memorial (Kranji War Cemetery)
No Known Grave; (CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Column 141.
Memorials: Australian Army Nursing Sisters Monument, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Kranji Singapore Memorial, 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
14 Feb 1942: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister, SN WFX11169, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital

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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