|Object type||Black & white, Portrait|
|Physical description||Black & white, Portrait|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
SA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of SFX10596 Sister Elaine Lenore Balfour Ogilvy, ...
SA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of SFX10596 Sister Elaine Lenore Balfour Ogilvy, 2/4th Casualty Clearing Station, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). She was one of sixty five Australian nurses and over 250 civilian men, women and children evacuated on the Vyner Brooke from Singapore, three days before the fall of Malaya. The Vyner Brooke was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sunk in Banka Strait on 14 February 1942. Of the sixty five nurses on board, twelve were lost as sea and thirty two survived the sinking and were captured as Prisoners of War (POWs) of which eight later died during captivity. Sister Balfour Ogilvy, aged 30, was one of the remaining twenty two nurses who also survived the sinking and were washed ashore on Radji Beach, Banka Island, where they surrendered to the Japanese, along with twenty five British soldiers. On 16 February 1942 the group was massacred, the soldiers were bayoneted and the nurses were ordered to march into the sea where they were shot. Only Sister Vivian Bullwinkel and a British soldier survived the massacre. Both were taken POW, but only Sister Bullwinkel survived the war. Sister Balfour Ogilvy was the daughter of Henry Balfour Ogilvy of Renmark, SA. (Photograph copied from original photograph attached to attestation form, lent by Central Army Records Office.)