Nurses War Stories

Stories of heroism, suffering, loss and sacrifice.

The ANMC was founded by Australian War Nurses who survived unimaginable adversity during the WWII – here are some of their stories.

The Bangka Island Massacre

65 nurses and 256 men, women and children evacuated Singapore aboard a small steamship, the SS Vyner Brooke. The ship was attacked in the Bangka Strait and only 80 survivors made it to shore, including 21 of the Australian nurses. Having no food, the group surrendered to the Japanese, but after bayoneting the men hehind a headland, the young nurses were motioned to walk into the sea, still wearing their Red Cross armbands. The Japanese opened fire and the girls fell…