Gladys Laura HUGHES

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HUGHES, Gladys Laura

Service Numbers: VFX61331, VX61331
Enlisted: 8 August 1941, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service
Born: Waikino, North Island, New Zealand, 19 September 1908
Home Town: Brunswick, Moreland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Sumatra, 31 May 1945, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia
3. D. 4.
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Augusta Australian Army Nursing Sisters Monument, Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A.
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World War 2 Service

8 Aug 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, Staff Nurse, SN VFX61331, Australian Army Nursing Service, Melbourne, Victoria
30 Aug 1941: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service, Staff Nurse, SN VFX61331, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital, HMS Wanganella, Melbourne (to Singapore)
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service, Staff Nurse, SN VFX61331, 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.
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
5 Apr 1942: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister
31 May 1945: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service, Lieutenant, SN VX61331, Australian Army Nursing Service, Prisoners of War

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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Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Daughter of James HUGHES, & Elizabeth Shore (nee MONTGOMERY) HUGHES, of Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand.