REL28954
ID number REL28954
Title Small kit bag : Sister A B Jeffrey, Australian Army Nursing Service
Collection Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Maker Unknown (Maker)
Date made c 1945
Physical description Cotton

Description

Khaki drawstring bag made of one length of cloth folded over and sewn up the sides. The words 'V.F.X. 53059 LIEUT. A.B.JEFFREY.' are written with blue ink on the front. On the back at the top is written in smaller lettering 'SR. B. JEFFREY'.

Summary

Kitbag used by Sister Agnes Betty Jeffrey. 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.