Olive Dorothy PASCHKE RRC


PASCHKE, Olive Dorothy

Service Numbers: VX38812, VFX38812
Enlisted: 3 September 1940, A.A.M.C., Depot - Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
Born: Dimboola, Victoria, Australia, 19 July 1905
Home Town: Dimboola, Hindmarsh, Victoria
Schooling: Dimboola State School. Later trained at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital - Qualified Certificates of Midwifery & Infectious Diseases.
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Lost at Sea - Presumed Drowning (SS Vyner Brooke) , Bangka Island, 14 February 1942, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Column 139, 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

3 Sep 1940: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, Matron, SN VX38812, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital, A.A.M.C., Depot - Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
1 Jan 1942: Honoured Royal Red Cross (1st Class)
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service, Matron, SN VFX38812, 2nd/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, Bangka Strait (by Bangka Island); (AWM) The Sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke.
14 Feb 1942: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service, Major, SN VFX38812, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital, Malaya/Singapore


Emotional Welcome As Gallant Women Return

Fremantle, Western Australia; The Australian Women's Weekly

Saturday; 3 November 1945, Page 19.


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 Steve Larkins

Matron Olive Paschke was one of sixty five Australian nurses and over 250 civilian men, women and children evacuated on the SS 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.  Of the others Matron Paschke was one of twelve nurses who were lost at sea. She was washed out to sea on a raft along with  Sisters Clarke, Trennery, McDonald, Dorsch and Ennis. They were never seen again.  Those who made it to shore on Banka Island were taken Prisoner of War (POW) of whom 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.  (www.awm.gov.au)