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Australian soldiers lie strapped to their stretchers inside a RAAF Hercules aircraft, while two RAAF nurses check on them prior to take-off from Vung Tau. VN/66/0120/15

Australian soldiers lie strapped to their stretchers inside a RAAF Hercules aircraft, while two RAAF nurses check on them prior to take-off from Vung Tau. VN/66/0120/15

11 Apr 1968, Near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam -- Medics treat wounded South Vietnamese airborne troops, as they wait to be evacuated from atop Hill 552 during Operation Pegasus. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

11 Apr 1968, Near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam -- Medics treat wounded South Vietnamese airborne troops, as they wait to be evacuated from atop Hill 552 during Operation Pegasus. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

When War broke out in 1914 their experience as Army nurses in the Boer war gave Matron Nellie Gould and Sister Julia Bligh Johnston invaluable knowledge and understanding to be able to lead Australia’s first contingent of nurses bound for Europe in World War I. They were two of seven Australian Nurses awarded the Military Medal.

When War broke out in 1914 their experience as Army nurses in the Boer war gave Matron Nellie Gould and Sister Julia Bligh Johnston invaluable knowledge and understanding to be able to lead Australia’s first contingent of nurses bound for Europe in World War I. They were two of seven Australian Nurses awarded the Military Medal.

Nurses prior to boarding HMAT Orsova (A67).  Identified are (left to right): Sister Mary Florence Kitson; Staff Nurse Victoria Dorothy Christenson; unidentified; possibly Staff Nurse Annie McHardy; ...

Nurses prior to boarding HMAT Orsova (A67). Identified are (left to right): Sister Mary Florence Kitson; Staff Nurse Victoria Dorothy Christenson; unidentified; possibly Staff Nurse Annie McHardy; ...

American "Flying Nurse", Julia Corinne Riley, Checks on Patients Aboard C-47 Transport Plane

American "Flying Nurse", Julia Corinne Riley, Checks on Patients Aboard C-47 Transport Plane

Graves of Australian soldiers who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula. In the background is the inscription on the large cross marking the grave of Sgt Robert Henry Bulmer, 3rd Battalion. A pattern maker of Campsie prior to enlistment in the 1st Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corp. Sgt Bulmer was killed in action aged 25 on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 16 July 1915 and is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.

Graves of Australian soldiers who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula. In the background is the inscription on the large cross marking the grave of Sgt Robert Henry Bulmer, 3rd Battalion. A pattern maker of Campsie prior to enlistment in the 1st Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corp. Sgt Bulmer was killed in action aged 25 on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 16 July 1915 and is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.

For Dorothea Chisholm and her fellow nurses, the news that they were being shipped to France came late at night.  It was soon after the D-Day landings in June 1944, and Dorothea, who had been working in a children’s hospital in Liverpool, was newly qualified and had not yet seen active service.

For Dorothea Chisholm and her fellow nurses, the news that they were being shipped to France came late at night. It was soon after the D-Day landings in June 1944, and Dorothea, who had been working in a children’s hospital in Liverpool, was newly qualified and had not yet seen active service.

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