Captain Vivian Bullwinkel, AO, MBE, ARRC

Date of birth  1915-12-18  Kapunda, SA. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1941-08-08  Enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Imperial Force. Bullwinkel was assigned to the 2/13th Australian General Hospital. 
Other  1941-09  Sailed for Singapore and soon joined the 2/13th Australian General Hospital in Johor Baharu, Malayasia. 
Other  1942-02-12  Bullwinkel and 65 other nurses boarded the SS Vyner Brooke to escape the Japanese invasion of Singapore. 
Date captured  1942-02-16  The SS Vyner Brooke was sunk by Japanese aircraft. Bullwinkel and many others made it to shore. Bullwinkel was the only female survivor of the massacre at Banka Island where 21 members of the Australian Army Nursing Service and other survivors of the sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke were murdered by the Japanese. She was later interned in Pelambang prisoner of war camp. 
Date released  1945-09  Released from captivity at Pelambang prisoner of war camp. 
Date of honour or award  1947-03-06  Royal Red Cross (2nd Class). 
Date of discharge  1947-09-30  Bullwinkel retired from the army and became Director of Nursing at Melbourne's Fairfield Hospital. 
Date of honour or award  1973-01-01  Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). 
Date of honour or award  1993-01-26  Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). 
Date of death  2000-07-03  Perth, WA.