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Two cast bronze honour rolls and a dedication plaque commemorate 200 women who served in Voluntary Aid Detachments in the Middle East theatre of World War Two between 1941 and 1943. 

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, Lane Cove North, 2066
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.805719
Long: 151.179044
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
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
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Honour Roll

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Dedicated on 11th July 2004

To the memory of the 200 members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment from Australia who served in the Middle East

1941 - 1943

World War II

"Lest We Forget"

Source: NRWM
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