PORTRAIT OF SFX 10596 SISTER ELAINE BALFOUR-OGILVY, 2/4TH CASUALTY CLEARING STATION, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. SISTER BALFOUR-OGILVY WAS AMONG THE LAST GROUP OF ...
ID numberP01021.001
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white
Physical descriptionBlack & white
DescriptionPORTRAIT OF SFX 10596 SISTER ELAINE BALFOUR-OGILVY, 2/4TH CASUALTY CLEARING STATION, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. SISTER BALFOUR-OGILVY WAS AMONG THE LAST GROUP OF SIXTY-FIVE AUSTRALIAN NURSES TO LEAVE SINGAPORE ON THE MERCHANT VESSEL VYNER BROOKE 1942-02-12. THE SHIP WAS SUNK BY JAPANESE AIRCRAFT IN BANKA STRAIT 1942-02-14. A SMALL PARTY OF TWENTY-ONE NURSES CAME ASHORE ON BANKA ISLAND. WHEN THE PARTY WAS DISCOVERED BY THE JAPANESE THE NURSES WERE ORDERED TO WALK INTO THE WATER AND WERE SHOT BY MACHINE GUN. (LENT BY W.H. CONNELL)