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Kathleen Jenkins - Sub Cruce Candida

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Late in 2013, the QARANC Association was approached by a relative of Kathleen Jenkins who served for 5 years in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) during the Second World War. Her family advised the Association that they had been given an opportunity to acquire Kathleen's medals which had been awarded in recognition of her military nursing service. With support and advice from the Association, the medals became the property of her family who recently expressed a wish that these much treasured collection together with the story of her remarkable service as a military nurse, should be shared with those who have an interest in military nursing.

Members of Kathleen's family visited the Former Army Staff College at Sandhurst in March 2014 and met with association members including the Vice President, Colonel Commandant and General Secretary. They later visited the Army Medical Services Museum at Keogh Barracks where the medal group is displayed. The family shared the information they had of Kathleen and in addition to the medals presented a photograph of Kathleen and a letter from King George VI which had accompanied her presentation of an ARRC on 13 June 1946.

Kathleen's medal group consist of an ARRC, 1939 – 1945 Star, The Pacific Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 1939 - 1945.

Kathleen trained as a nurse at Guy's Hospital and when the Second World War broke out she was commissioned as a Sister in QAIMNS on 30 May 1941. She was posted to Singapore where, following the Japanese invasion, she was evacuated aboard the SS Kuala. This vessel was bombed in 1942 and many lost their lives. She survived and it is reported she reached Sumatra and continued to nurse along the 'escape trail'. She was taken as a Prisoner of War in 1943 in Padang and was interned at Bankinang. In 1945 she eventually arrived home where her father and sister were there to greet her.

Prior to Kathleen death some thirty years ago, she wrote a brief account of her wartime experience. These moving words are attached for you to share as a PDF file in the Download Attachments link at the end of this page. A truly remarkable lady who was a true heroine and demonstrated all that is embodied in the motto 'Sub Crucia Candida', 'Under the White Cross'.


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