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Memorial Library named for Elaine Balfour-Ogilvy who was killed in the massacre of nurses on Banka Island in World War Two.
Elaine Balfour-Ogilvy was born in Renmark, in 1912, and was a member of a well known pioneer family with a remarkable record of war service. In 1940; as a trained nurse, she enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was posted to Singapore in January 1941 and from there to Port Jackson on the Malay Peninsula and then Lampai in South Johore.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbour the Casualty Clearing Station was moved from Lampai to the Kluang airfield where an operating theatre and wards were set up under canvas. When it became obvious that Singapore would fall, many nurses despite their protestations were forced to leave the island. The 2/4th`Casualty Clearing Station, however, remained as a complete unit.
The 65 nurses in this Unit were evacuated on February 12, 1942; in the E.M.S, Vyner Brooke. On the 14th the ship was attacked by Japanese bombers, with many losing their lives either then or subsequently in the crocodile and shark infested waters while endeavouring to reach Banka Island.
Those including Elaine, who reached the island were forced to walk back into the sea by Japanese soldiers who using machine guns killed them. Only Sister Bulwinkel survived, by allowing herself, to be washed to and fro in the surf as though, dead. She was later taken into captivity, during which time she concealed the bullet hole in her frock with a slung water bottle, fearing otherwise that her story of the Banka massacre would be silenced permanently with her death.
THE ELAINE BALFOUR OGILVY CHILDRENS LIBRARY THIS COMMEMMORATIVE PLAQUE IS PLACED WITHIN THE CHILDREN’S SECTION OF THE RENMARK PUBLIC LIBRARY AS A TRIBUTE TO SISTER ELAINE BALFOUR-OGILVY WHO LOST HER LIFE IN THE SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY ON 16TH FEBRUARY 1942, ON THE ISLAND OF BANKA. ELAINE BALFOUR-OGILVY WAS THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE MR & MRS BALFOUR-OGILVY, A PIONEER FAMILY OF RENMARK,