Beryl WOODBRIDGE

WOODBRIDGE, Beryl

Service Numbers: 34859, V10741, VX53060, VFX53060
Enlisted: 28 January 1941, A.A.M.C., Depot - Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Australian General Hospital
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 February 1905
Home Town: Camberwell, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Natural causes, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia, 29 September 1986, aged 81 years
Cemetery: Box Hill General Cemetery, Victoria
Grave Location: CE-1070. Also Memorial Location: Wall 93/Row C - Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Bicton Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A.
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Non Warlike Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN 34859, V10741, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)

World War 2 Service

28 Jan 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VX53060, 10th Australian General Hospital , A.A.M.C., Depot - Melbourne, Vic, Australia
31 Jan 1941: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VX53060, 10th Australian General Hospital
9 Apr 1941: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VX53060, 10th Australian General Hospital
12 May 1941: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VX53060, 10th Australian General Hospital , Embarked Ship - "ZZ", 12/05/1941, for Singapore; (NAA, Pg-12).
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN VX53060, 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 , Promoted: 23/03/1943, Rank: Lieutenant - A.A.N.S., A.I.F, S-NO: VFX53060*NAA, Pg-19, Official - Australian Military Forces Document*; Also Refer to (NAA,Pg-3 - PART D-AIF, Pg-5 - Lieutenant) Service Record of Lieutenant: Beryl WOODBRIDGE, SN VFX53060.
24 Oct 1945: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, SN VFX53060, 10th Australian General Hospital , Embarked Ship - "Manunda", 24/10/1945, from Singapore, to Australia. Reference to S-NO: VFX53060, (NAA, Pg-19) Service Record of Lieutenant: Beryl WOODBRIDGE, SN VFX53060.
6 Mar 1946: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Lieutenant, SN VFX53060, 10th Australian General Hospital , Reference to S-NO: VFX53060 (NAA, Pg-19) Service Record of Lieutenant: Beryl WOODBRIDGE, SN VFX53060.
6 Mar 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN VX53060, General Hospitals - WW2
Date unknown: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN VX53060, General Hospitals - WW2

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Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Daughter of Arhtur WOODBRIDGE & Eliza Ann (nee-TINGAY) WOODBRIDGE.

Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

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'Niell

 

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 honour all mankind.

 

TROVE:  http://nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/55465571

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