Nursing Service in WW2

206782 Sister BRAND, Mary, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) was serving at the1st Malaysian General Hospital, Singapore. She left Singapore on the SS Kuala, which was sunk by Japanese bombers on February 14, 1942.

“… survived the sinking of the SS Kuala but died later from wounds incurred in the bombing of Pom Pong Island, and was buried in Tembilihan1…”.

She was the daughter of Charles Cecil and Lucy Brand, of King’s Heath, Birmingham, and was a Gold Medallist, Queen’s Hospital, Birmingham2. She died on Pom Pong Isalnd February 16, 1942, and her name is recorded on the Singapore Memorial Column 1132


  1. Pether, M. (2012) SS Kuala Researched Passenger List version 3.3.5 (available from the COFEPOW website)
  2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission