Gladys Myrtle MCDONALD

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MCDONALD, Gladys Myrtle

Service Numbers: QFX22815, QX22815
Enlisted: 11 July 1941
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 17 July 1909
Home Town: Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Lost at Sea - Presumed Drowning (SS Vyner Brooke), Bangka Island, Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia, 14 February 1942, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At Sea (CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Column 142,
Memorials: Augusta Australian Army Nursing Sisters Monument, Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bicton Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A., Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Memorial Rose Garden, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

11 Jul 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN QX22815, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Brisbane, Queensland
11 Jul 1941: Enlisted SN QFX22815
27 Aug 1941: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
2 Sep 1941: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN QFX22815, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital, HMAS Wanjanella
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN QFX22815, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital, Embarked: 12/09/1942, "SS Vyner Brooke"; Evacuated Singapore (with 65 other nurses, and civilians); to Japanese Aircraft attack, sinking disaster of SS Vyner Brooke - Date and Place: 14/02/1942, Bangka Strait, (by Bangka Island); leading on from this Staff Nurse: Gladys Myrtle McDONALD, was officially presumed - missing, and death at sea by drowning; (AWM) The Sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke.

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

John McDONALD & Charlotte Mabel Annie (nee-Smith) McDONALD.