Janet Patteson (Pat) Darling (nee Gunther) interviewed by Barbara Orchard about her experiences as a nurse and prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese 1942-1945

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Sumatra, Palembang
Accession Number S02024
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 13 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description digital audio tape (DAT)
Maker Gunther, Pat
Orchard, Barbara
Date made 21 January 1998
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

TAPE 1: nursing training; volunteer for Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS); enlistment; travel on SS Queen Mary; arrival in Singapore; with 10th Australian General Hospital (AGH) at Malacca; 2/4 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) established at Port Dickson; prewar Malaya; uniforms; Japanese attack; evacuation to Johore Bahru; join with 13AGH; nursing duties; evacuation from Singapore on the SS Vyner Brooke; ship sunk by Japanese; attempt to swim to shore with Win Davis; rescue by Japanese; join other survivors at Muntok; Vivian Bullwinkel relates massacre details; loss of three matrons; Nester James senior sister; establish camp at Palembang; selected as prostitutes; camp conditions; earn money by selling drawings. TAPE 2: Excerpt from a talk entitled 'Eastern Interlude': departure to Singapore; Japanese attack; air raids; evacuation of half nurses to Australia; Vyner Brooke, attack on ship and sinking; swim to shore with Win Davis; rescue by Japanese; reunited with other survivors; Vivian Bullwinkel relates massacre details; establish camp; selected as prostitutes for Japanese; camp life and duties; move camps; mail deliveries; disease, death and burial parties; death of sisters.
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