Kathleen Constance BLAKE (DIXON)

BLAKE (DIXON), Kathleen Constance

Service Number: NX70528, NFX70528
Enlisted: 20 December 1940, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
Born: Chatswood, New South Wales, 16 July 1912
Home Town: Lindfield, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Sydney, New South Wales, 7 April 1998, aged 85 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: New South Wales Garden Of Remembrance
(DVA) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Wall 61/Panel G.
Memorials: Bicton Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A.
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World War 2 Service

20 Dec 1940: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN NX70528, NFX70528, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sydney, New South Wales
1 Mar 1941: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN NX70528, NFX70528, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital, Malaya/Singapore
20 Nov 1941: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN NX70528, NFX70528, 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.
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
15 Feb 1942: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN NX70528, NFX70528, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
23 Mar 1943: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
17 Nov 1944: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital
16 Aug 1945: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, SN NX70528, NFX70528, 2nd/10th Australian General Hospital, Malaya/Singapore
24 Jul 1946: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, SN NX70528, NFX70528, 2nd/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

Submitted 5 November 2018 by Daniel Bishop

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