Turner, Veronica Ann (nee Clancy), (Lieutenant, b.1910 - d.1997)

Accession Number MSS1086
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 3 wallets: 7.5cm
Object type Typescript
Maker Turner, Veronica
Date made 1940-1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/106/016
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copyright restrictions apply. Only personal, non-commercial, research and study use permitted. Permission of copyright holder required for any commercial use and/or reproduction.

Related to the Second World War service of NX76282 (N101861) Lieutenant Veronica Ann Clancy, 2/13th Australian General Hospital and POW. Collection consists of photocopied annotated memoirs in typescript form. They cover initial war service in Hay, her service in Singapore, her three and a half years internment as a Japanese POW on Banka Island and in Sumatra, liberation and repatriation to Australia.
[item 1] Photocopied typescript covers enlistment, service in Hay nursing internees, arrival in Malaya, the withdrawal to Singapore, the evacuation, the sinking of the "Vyner Brooke", association with Vivien Bullwinkel, and initial incarceration as a POW, as well as how they almost became comfort women. Note, there is no overall pagination. Arranged in 'chapters', there is individual numbering for each chapter.
[items 2.1 - 2.3] Includes copies and variations of some pages from item 1. There are also pages that do not appear to fit in with items 1, 3 and 4.
[items 3.1 - 3.2] Photocopied typescript. Arranged in chapters with overall pagination pp. 129-414. Covers 1943, and includes a detailed look at life as a POW with such topics as cooking, use of water, administration, elections, entertainment, the Men's camp, Christmas 1943 and other European female POWs. Some pages are missing and some are duplicated.
[items 4.1 - 4.4] Variations of some sections from item 3.1.
[item 5] Photocopied typescript. Arranged in chapters with overall pagination pp. 415-697. Covers final years as a POW, 1944-1945. Topics include Banka Island, illness, Christmas 1944, the loss of fellow POWs, return trip to Sumatra, liberation, repatriation to Australia aboard 'Manunda', and the welcome home Lt Clancy and other ex-POW nurses received.