Millicent Hulda Maria (Millie) DORSCH


DORSCH, Millicent Hulda Maria

Service Number: SFX10597
Enlisted: 29 November 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service
Born: Brighton, South Australia, Australia, 25 February 1912
Home Town: Hove, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Killed in Action, Banka Island, 15 February 1942, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Singapore Memorial (Kranji War Cemetery)
No known grave - At sea; (CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Column 140.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Kranji Singapore Memorial
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World War 2 Service

29 Nov 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, SN SFX10597, Australian Army Nursing Service, Adelaide, South Australia
29 Nov 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant Colonel, SN SFX10597, 2nd/4th Casualty Clearing Station, Malaya/Singapore

Lost at Sea

Sister Millicent Dorsch of the 2nd 4th Casualty Clearing Station was lost at sea when the evacuation ship SS Vyner Brook was sunk by Japanese bombers. Sister Dorsch's body was never recovered.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...SFX10597 Sister Millicent Heulda (Millie) Dorsch, 2/4th Casualty Clearing Station, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). She was one of sixty five Australian nurses and over 250 civilian men, women and children evacuated on the Vyner Brooke from Singapore three days before the fall of Malaya. The Vyner Brooke was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sunk in Banka Strait on 14 February 1942. Of the sixty five nurses, thirty two survived the sinking and were taken Prisoner of War (POW) of which eight later died in captivity, another twenty two also survived the sinking and were washed ashore on Radji Beach, Banka Island, where they surrendered to the Japanese along with twenty five British soldiers. On 16 February 1942 the group was massacred, the soldiers were bayoneted and the nurses were ordered to march into the sea where they were shot. Only Sister Vivian Bullwinkel and a British soldier survived the massacre. Both were taken POW, but only Sister Bullwinkel survived the war. Sister Dorsch, aged 30, was one of twelve nurses who were lost at sea. She was washed out to sea on a raft along with Matron Paschke and Sister's Trenery, McDonald, Clarke and Ennis. They were never seen again. She was the daughter of Adolph Dorsch of Hove, SA." - SOURCE (