Voluntary Aid Detachments Honour RollPrint Page
Two cast bronze honour rolls , set outdoors, listing 200 women who served in Voluntary Aid Detachments in the Middle East theatre of World War Two.
In the years between the two World Wars, Red Cross and St John Ambulance Association held courses in First Aid and Home Nursing to train young women for community service. The classes were known as Voluntary Aid Detachments. At the outbreak of World War 2 many Detachments were formed in both city and country.
Qualified V.A's were sent to hospitals for extra training to serve in Army Camp Hospitals. In 1941 it was decided to send 200 V.A's to Army Hospitals in the Middle East. V.A's were chosen from every State, enlisted in the A.I.F. and departed on 31 October 1941. They arrived in Palestine on 23 November and worked in Australian General Hospitals in Palestine, Syria and Egypt. They were the only Detachment of V.A's who served in the Middle East.
They returned to Australia with the 9th Australian Division in 1943 and were posted to Army Hospitals, mainly in Australia and New Guinea.
|Address:||Pacific Highway & Mowbray Road, Chatswood South Uniting Church, Chatswood South, 2067|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.805719|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Monument Manufacturer:||A1 Plaques (John & Pat Wadsworth)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 11th July, 2004|
Dedicated on 11th July 2004
To the memory of the 200 members
of the Voluntary Aid Detachment
who served in the Middle East
1941 - 1943
World War II
"Lest We Forget"