Florence Nightingale Medal : Matron O D Paschke, 2/10 Australian General Hospital

Accession Number REL25108.006
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Fall Sing
Maker Unknown
Place made Switzerland
Date made c 1951
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Florence Nightingale Medal. Impressed reverse, in French, with recipient's details.

History / Summary

VFX38812 Matron Olive Dorothy Paschke enlisted 3 September 1940 in the Australian Army Nursing Service, serving in 2/10 Australian General Hospital in Singapore. She was missing presumed drowned on 14 February 1942 after being evacuated from Singapore aboard the SS Vyner Brooke which was bombed and sunk by the Japanese while passing southward through Banka Strait. A raft containing Matron Paschke, a number of nursing sisters and two children was lost at sea. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross (First Class) on 7 October 1941. On 12 May 1951 she was posthumously awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal for services to nursing by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.