Alice Maud Penman (n?Burns), as a corporal, served Gaza Ridge, Palestine and 2/6th Australia General Hospital, Atherton QLD interviewed by Edward Stokes for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45

Unit 2/6 Australian General Hospital
Accession Number S00774
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 41 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK AD60; two track mono
Maker Penman n?Burns, Alice Maud
Stokes, Edward
Date made 15 February 1990
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45
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Alice Maud Penman n?Burns, as a corporal, served Gaza Ridge, Palestine and 2/6th Australia General Hospital, Atherton QLD, discusses aspects of her early life and process of training; her interest in nursing; joining the VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachment) as a nurse; voluntary and paid service; military training; supply and nature of uniform; family had mumps while she was on home leave; memories of the declaration of war and feelings concerning overseas service; sadness for dead and injured in France and for refugees in Australia; impressions, description of and departure on the Queen Mary; conditions and descriptions of ship board life, including lack of fresh air; air raid training and boat drills; ship board health; relations with professional nursing staff; arrival at Port Tewfik; El Kantara and Gaza; arrival at 2/1st Australian General Hospital; satisfaction of doing real nursing work; challenges of field nursing; Christmas dinners served on tin plates; visiting Jerusalem; feelings about casualties and the long term affect of war on the injured; suffering and forebearance; spirit of community; mateship among the injured; living conditions at the base hospital (accomodation in a tent for four years); description food and rations; friendships; feeling part of the team with 2/6th when they took over from 2/1st; description of the base hospital (1200 beds); supplies; thoughts about malingerers / malingering; postage and mail; rest and recreation; discussion in detail of work life with the 2/6th personnel

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