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|Place made||Netherlands East Indies: Banka Island|
|Date made||March 1993|
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Edward Ernest 'Weary' Dunlop (left) and Vivian Stratham (nee Bullwinkel) (second from left) at ...
Edward Ernest 'Weary' Dunlop (left) and Vivian Stratham (nee Bullwinkel) (second from left) at the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) Memorial service. VX61330 Captain (Capt) Vivian Bullwinkel (standing at rear, far right). Capt Bullwinkel was a nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), and was aboard the Vyner Brooke when it was attacked and sunk on 14 February 1942. She made it to shore almost immediately and the following morning she and British soldier, 7654688 Private (Pte) Cecil Gordon Kinsley, survived the massacre of the nurses, soldiers and civilians at the hands of the Japanese. They surrendered as prisoners of war (POWs) 12 days later and she was held in POW camps in Sumatra until September 1945. Pte Kinsley died soon after they were captured. Lieutenant Colonel Dunlop was captured in Singapore in 1942 and transferred to Thailand on 20 January 1943 where he worked as a medical officer on the Burma Thai railway, becoming famous for the care he gave his patients despite the primitive conditions and being unwell himself.