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Vivian Bullwinkel Statham (1915–2000)


She was the sole survivor when the Japanese massacred 21 army nurses and one civilian on Bangka Island, now part of Indonesia, in May 1941. She was shot in the back and pretended to be dead until the Japanese soldiers left. She then hid in the jungle before surrendering and being taken to a prison camp, where she spent more than three years. She ... See more trivia »


(age 84) in Australia

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 1997 Paradise Road (generous assistance: survivor of Japanese pow camp)

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She was awarded the A.O. (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 26, 1993 and the Royal Red Cross Medal on March 6, 1947 for her services to veterans and ex-prisoners of war communities, to nursing to the Red Cross Society and to the community. See more »

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