september / 22


22nd September, 1942 : A Victorian army nurse Margaret Anderson has been awarded the George Medal for bravery and devotion to duty during the evacuation of Singapore. Sister Anderson was attending to wounded men on board the motor vessel Empire Star during bombing and machine-gun attacks by Japanese planes on 12th February. The Governor-General, Lord Gowrie, said Staff Nurse Anderson remained on deck during the attacks, sheltering the patients, who were very badly injured, and she protected one by throwing her body across him. Another nurse, Sister Vera Torney, has won an MBE for bravery during the same incident.

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