Nursing Service in WW2

206887 Sister CHARMAN, F 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.

“… Interned at Padang then Bankinang Women’s Camp, Sumatra1 …”.

“… interned at Bankinang Women’s Camp and survived the war2  …”.

She is one of the few nurses to have survived the sinking of the SS Kuala and the SS Tanjong Pinang.


  1. Moffett, J. Pether, M. & Kenneisan, B. (undated) Sumatra Internees version 1.1.0 (available from Malayan Volunteers Group Website)
  2. Pether, M. (2012) SS Kuala Researched Passenger List version 3.3.5 (available from the COFEPOW website)