Gisborne Herald item: WWII nurse dies aged 100 - DANNEVIRKE - Beatrice Erica Wakely, the last surviving female member of the RSA in Dannevirke who served overseas during WWII, has passed away aged 100.
Mrs Wakely was born and raised in Dannevirke, began her nursing career in 1939 at Waipukurau and went on to become a registered nurse in the army.
Asked to serve as a nurse in the army Betty, 23, left Wellington Harbour aboard a hospital ship heading to the Middle East, where she served in Egypt, North Africa and Italy.
She served in the Middle East at No 5 NZ General Hospital in Helwan, south of Cairo.
The camp was originally a summer camp for wealthy British until it was commissioned as a field hospital.
Mrs Wakely also spent a great deal of time in a small town on the outskirts of Naples, Italy, tending to the troops there.
Mrs Wakely was a familiar face at Dannevirke Anzac Day services, placing a wreath on the Cenotaph on behalf of the Prisoner f War Association in memory of her husband Bill. - HB Today Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Gisborne Herald - Nov 2016