Wilma Oram

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Wilma Elizabeth Forster (nēe Oram) Young
Born 17 August 1916 (1916-08-17)
Glenorchy, Victoria
Died 28 May 2001(2001-05-28) (aged 84)
Buried at Pakenham Cemetery
Allegiance Australia Commonwealth of Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Member of the Order of Australia

Wilma Elizabeth Forster (nēe Oram) Young AM (17 August 1916 – 28 May 2001), commonly known as Wilma Oram, was an Australian Army nurse during the Second World War. She was evacuated from Singapore in February 1942 and was aboard the Vyner Brooke when the ship was sunk in Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft. After surviving on the water for many hours she came ashore at Bangka Island and became a prisoner of war (POW) until 1945. Following the war she married Alan Livingstone Young (also a prisoner of war), settled on a dairy farm at Cardinia in Victoria and had 4 children. Aside from her work on the farm she was an active member of the RSL, serving as the treasurer and even as president of the Pakenham RSL. She worked tirelessly towards many causes including greater recognition for Vietnam War veterans and to raise money for the Australian Service Nurses National Memorial, unveiled in Canberra on 2 October 1999.

Fellow internees[edit]

Whilst in captivity, some notable fellow internees included: