Chatswood South/ Artarmon Uniting Church - V.A.D. Memorials


Two cast bronze plaques, set outdoors, listing 200 women who served in Voluntary Aid Detachments in the Middle East theatre of World War Two.

A second memorial, in the form of a stained glass window, is dedicated to
Beryl Suthers (VAD 1941 - 1943). SEE Section below entitled, 'Additional Images with accompanying information:'

The plaques list service number, maiden last name (with married names appearing in brackets), and first name (being the name the person was known by in the unit).

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.

Note: The Australian Government under its commemoration program, 'Saluting their Service', has made a very generous grant, through the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, towards the cost of this Memorial.'



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


Dedication date: 

2004-07-11 00:00:00.0

Recorded by: 

Mr Gareth Suthers

Established date: 


Location/surrounding area: 

Memorial Location

Address Data: 

Cnr. Mowbray Rd & Pacific Highway
Chatswood South (Artarmon) NSW 2067

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Veterans Listed

FirstName LastNamesort descending Conflict Service Unit Link
Val Amos World War 2 Army VAD view
Doris Anderson World War 2 Army VAD view
Joan Anderson (Pert) World War 2 Army VAD view
Yvonne Antoine (Christian/Day) World War 2 Army VAD view
Alice Astle World War 2 Army VAD view
Nell Backhouse World War 2 Army VAD view
Maud Baker (Young) World War 2 Army VAD view
Aileen Bakey (Carr) World War 2 Army VAD view
Jean Barnard (Taylor) World War 2 Army VAD view
Ray Batt (Balfe) World War 2 Army VAD view