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Drummond, Irene Melville (1905 - 1942)

Born
26 July 1905
Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
Died
12 February 1942
Banka Island, Indonesia
Occupation
Matron and Servicewoman

Summary

A member of the Australian Army Nursing Service, Irene Drummond was killed by Japanese soldiers during the Banka Island massacre of 1942.

Details

The daughter of Cedric and Katherine Drummond, Irene worked as a nursing sister at Millswood, South Australia, before moving to Broken Hill in 1933 to work at the local hospital. She was Deputy Matron there before enlisting in the Australian Army in October 1940. Drummond was appointed to the 2/13th Australian General Hospital (AGH). In 1942, following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke en route from Singapore, she was gunned down by Japanese soldiers during the Banka Island massacre.

The Drummond Memorial Park was opened in Broken Hill in 1949 in honour of Irene Drummond.

Sources used to compile this entry: Camilleri, Jenny, Some Outstanding Women of Broken Hill and District, Jenny Camilleri (Broken Hill Historical Society/Broken Hill Council), Broken Hill, NSW, 2002; Gorrell, Julie, 'Drummond, Irene Melville (1915-1942)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A140039b.htm.

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