T-shirt : Sister A B Jeffrey, Australian Army Nursing Service

Unit Australian Army Nursing Service
Accession Number REL28952
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton
Maker Stella
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Light blue crew neck T-shirt with small rounded patch pocket on the left breast. The pocket is embroidered in white with the letters 'BJ'. A section of white ribbed cotton is sewn into the bottom right of the shirt. A makers label is sewn inside the neck with another inside the left seam.

History / Summary

Sister Agnes Betty Jeffrey, known to her colleagues as 'Jeff', was born in Hobart on 14 May 1908. She graduated from her nursing studies in 1940 and enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) on 9 April 1941. She was assigned to 2/10 General Hospital and sent to Singapore before the Japanese invasion of the island. In February 1942 she was one of 65 AANS sisters evacuated on the Vyner Brooke. On 14 February the ship was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. Jeffrey spent several days swimming and made it to Banka Island. There she was captured and interred with the surviving nurses and civilians from the ship. Jeffrey spent the next three years in Prisoner of War camps in Sumatra and was liberated in September 1945.