Jessie Elizabeth SIMONS (HOOKWAY) MID

SIMONS (HOOKWAY), Jessie Elizabeth

Service Number: TX6023
Enlisted: 6 August 1941, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, 23 August 1911
Home Town: Nunamara, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Launceston, Tasmania, 23 December 2004, aged 93 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Launceston Garden of Remembrance, Tasmania
(DVA) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Wall 10/Row D.
Memorials: Bicton Vyner Brooke Tragedy Memorial, W.A., Targa Patersonia Ward WW2 Pictorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

6 Aug 1941: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, SN TX6023, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
6 Aug 1941: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, SN TX6023, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital, Hobart, TAS, Australia
12 Feb 1942: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, SN TX6023, 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
16 Apr 1946: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Captain, SN TX6023, 2nd/13th Australian General Hospital
6 Mar 1947: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Malaya/Singapore, Honours & Awards: 06/03/1947, (MiD) Mention in Despatches - with regard of services rendered whilst POW in Japanese hands; Commonwealth of Australia - Gazette: Pg-760, Pos-92; London Gazette: Pg-1096, Pos-11.

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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