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Anglican Church, Bellingen
Part of the World War 2 memorial display located in the Anglican Church, Bellingen.

The HMAHS Manunda display panel is in memory of NX70211 - Sister Margaret Augusta DE MESTRE.

"Sister Margaret DeMestre

The first A.N.C. Nurse serving in the 2nd Australian Imperial Forces to be killed-in-action during World War II.

Sister DeMestre was born in Bellingen on St. Margaret's Day, 16 November 1915.

She grew up in Bellingen and trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney in 1935. In 1940 she enlisted in the [Royal] Australian Nursing Corp and made two trips to the Middle East on the 2/1st Hospital Ship, H.M.A.H.S. Manunda. Whilst the ship was being reconditioned in 1941 she served at the 113th A.G.H Concord. She rejoined the ship in January 1942.

At 10.05am on the 19th February, 1942 Japanese forces bombed Darwin [243 killed, 350 wounded, 8 ships sunk] and the Manunda was badly damaged with 12 killed, including Margaret.

Sister Margaret DeMestre is buried in the Darwin War Cemetery."

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Anglican Church, Bellingen

Part of the World War 2 memorial display located in the Anglican Church, Bellingen.

The HMAHS Manunda display panel is in memory of NX70211 - Sister Margaret Augusta DE MESTRE.

"Sister Margaret DeMestre

The first A.N.C. Nurse serving in the 2nd Australian Imperial Forces to be killed-in-action during World War II.

Sister DeMestre was born in Bellingen on St. Margaret's Day, 16 November 1915.

She grew up in Bellingen and trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney in 1935. In 1940 she enlisted in the [Royal] Australian Nursing Corp and made two trips to the Middle East on the 2/1st Hospital Ship, H.M.A.H.S. Manunda. Whilst the ship was being reconditioned in 1941 she served at the 113th A.G.H Concord. She rejoined the ship in January 1942.

At 10.05am on the 19th February, 1942 Japanese forces bombed Darwin [243 killed, 350 wounded, 8 ships sunk] and the Manunda was badly damaged with 12 killed, including Margaret.

Sister Margaret DeMestre is buried in the Darwin War Cemetery."

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Filename:090119003.jpg
Album name:makan / Bellingen, NSW
Keywords:090119a
Source:Photo courtesy of R. WILSON
Date:12/8/2008
Filesize:56 KiB
Date added:Jan 19, 2009
Dimensions:973 x 300 pixels
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