Rubina Dorothy FREEMAN

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FREEMAN, Rubina Dorothy

Service Numbers: VX39351, VFX39351
Enlisted: 6 January 1941, A.A.M.C., Depot - Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Australian General Hospital
Born: Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, 17 June 1913
Home Town: Collingwood, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Illness whilst a Prisoner of the Japanese , Sumatra, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies, 8 August 1945, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Grave Location: 3. D. 6., Jakarta War Cemetery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Memorials: Augusta Australian Army Nursing Sisters Monument, Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Bicton Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A., Kapunda Dutton Park Memorial Gardens Nurses Plaques
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VX39351, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VFX39351, 10th Australian General Hospital , A.A.M.C., Depot - Melbourne, Vic, Australia
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted SN VX39351, General Hospitals - WW2
13 Feb 1941: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VFX39351, 10th Australian General Hospital , Embarked Ship: 13/02/1941, "H.M.T., Queen Mary", for Singapore.
23 May 1941: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VFX39351, 10th Australian General Hospital , Malaya/Singapore
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VFX39351, 10th 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.
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
23 Mar 1943: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, 10th Australian General Hospital

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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