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Wheatley, Alice Jean (1904 - )

OBE, ARRC

Born
3 August 1904
Bridgetown, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Servicewoman and Matron

Summary

Born in Bridgetown, Western Australia, Alice Wheatley was educated at Perth College. She undertook her nursing training at the Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia and the Queen Victoria Hospital, Victoria. In 1941 Wheatley enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service (RAAFNS). On 10 March 1944 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal Second Class for her work in charge of the first nursing party of the RAAFNS in New Guinea. In 1946 Wheatley represented the RAAFNS in the Victory Contingent to England. From 1946 until 1951 she held the position of Matron-in-Chief. On 1 January 1951 Wheatley was appointed an Officer of the British Empire in recognition of her service with the RAAFNS.

Details

Events

1941
Joined the Royal Australian Air Force Nusing Service (RAAFNS)
1941? - 1946?
Area matron with the RAAFNS and served in New Guinea area
10 March 1944
Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
1946
Represented the RAAFNS in the Victory Contingent to England
1946 - 1951
Matron-in-Chief of the RAAFNS
1 January 1951
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military) (OBE)
12 March 1951
Discharged from the RAAFNS

Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, Joseph A (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1962, 17 edn, Colorgravure Publications, Melbourne, 1962, 960 pp.

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