This memorial is dedicated to Sister Margaret Augusta de Mestre. It is a wooden plaque divided into three sections, including a photograph of Sister de Mestre on the right section and details of her war service on the left section. Both of these sections are protected by panes of glass.
The memorial is located on the eastern side remembrance wall within St Margaret's Anglican Church, alongside other memorials. Positioned above it are crossed Australian and United Kingdom flags.
Sister Margaret DeMestre
The first A.N.C. Nurse serving in the 2nd Australian Imperial Forces to be killed-in-action during World War II.
Sister DeMestre was born in Bellingen on St Margaret's Day, 16 November 1915.
She grew up in Bellingen and trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney in 1939. In 1940 she enlisted in the [Royal] Australian Nursing Corp and made two trips to the Middle East on the 2/1st Hospital Ship, H.M.A.H.S. Manunda. Whilst the ship was being reconditioned in 1941 she served at the 113th A.G.H. Concord. She rejoined the ship in January 1942.
At 10.05am on the 19th February, 1942 Japanese forces bombed Darwin [243 killed, 350 wounded, 8 ships sunk] and the Manunda was badly damaged with 12 killed, including Margaret.
Sister Margaret DeMestre is buried in the Darwin War Cemetery.
2nd/1st H.M.A.H.S "MANUNDA"
[photograph of Sister DeMestre]
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