Saturday, April 9, 2016

Australian War Memorial Collection

 A pilot (left) and observer (right), in front of a Bristol 
aircraft of No 1 Squadron Australian Flying Corps, 1918
 A wounded AIF soldier receives an affectionate welcome 
home at the Anzac Buffet in The Domain, Sydney, 1919
 An Australian nurse at No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital 
about to feed their pet kangaroo Jimony, 1916
Eileen Ive and John Bagot on their wedding day, 1915
 The first female doctor to win the Military Medal, 1917
Though Phoebe Chapple was recognised as a skilled doctor, the Australian government’s policies precluded her from military service. Undaunted, the Adelaide-born Chapple travelled to Britain in 1917 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming one of the first two woman doctors sent to France. During a bombing raid near Abbeville in May 1918, her care for those wounded around her, regardless of personal danger, led to her being awarded the Military Medal – the first woman doctor ever to receive this decoration for bravery.

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