Nursing Service in WW2

Sister DOWLING, N. Gwen, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) (QAIMNSR) was serving at the 20th Combined General Hospital, Singapore. She left Singapore on theSS Kuala, which was sunk by Japanese bombers on February 14, 1942.

“… reached Padang and was evacuated with six other nurses … gave evidence to 1943 enquiry …went on to serve in Quetta1 … “.

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


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