NSW. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of NFX70498 Captain Winnie May Davis, 2/10th ...

Accession Number P02783.022
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white, Portrait
Physical description Black & white, Portrait
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

NSW. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of NFX70498 Captain Winnie May Davis, 2/10th Australian General Hospital, 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 dyas 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, twelve were lost at sea, twenty two 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 Davis was one of the remaining thirty two nurses who also survived the sinking and were captured as POWs, eight of which later died in captivity. Sister Davis, aged 30, died of illness on 9 July 1945 in Sumatra. She was the daughter of James Davis of Clarence River, NSW. (Photograph copied from original photograph attached to attestation form, lent by Central Army Records Office.)

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