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Anderson, Margaret Irene

Date of birth:
December 11th, 1915 (Melbourne/Victoria, Australia)
Date of death:
July 16th, 1995 (Melbourne/Victoria, Australia)
Service number:
VX63845
Nationality:
Australian (1901-present, Federal Monarchy)

Biography

Service from 7th July 1941 to 4th June 1946.
During that period served overseas as follows:
Singapore 2nd November 1941 to 23rd February 1942
New Guinea 14th January to 23rd January 1943 (Hospital Ship)
Middle East 7th December 1943 to 19th January 1944 (Hospital Ship)
Discharged: Medically unfit
Artikel by Hans Molier, the Netherlands

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Staff Nurse
Unit:
Australian Army Nursing Service
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1942
Citation:
"On 12th February 1942, the motor vessel "Empire Star" was bombed by the enemy. Staff Nurse Anderson, with some other Sisters, was in a cabin with some badly wounded men who were being smothered by smoke and fumes.
Thinking the raid had passed, she assisted in dragging the men on to the deck when the planes returned and again attacked the ship, machine gunning the decks. Staff Nurse Anderson remained on the deck during these attacks, sheltering the patients who were very badly injured, protecting one with her own person by throwing herself across him.
All who witnessed Staff Nurse Anderson's actions have specially commended her bravery."
George Medal

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