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Edith Mary Grace Owen


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edith Mary Grace AWMM
  • Surname
    Owen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Carter AWMM
  • Service number
    209763 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • France AWMM
    • Sinai & Palestine AWMM
    • 1941-1945 Burma AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    209763 AWMM
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Nurse AWMM
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  • Grace Owen received her certificate as a State Registered Nurse on 6 July 1936 at Auckland.

    Newspaper clipping (undated). "Nursing Sister in Rotorua Meets Old Chief in C.I.G.S.

    Miss Grace Owen, who is on the staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, had the pleasure of renewing acquaintance with Field-Marshal Sir William Slim, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, under whom she served with the British 14th Army in Burma in 1944-45, with the British Army Nursing Service.

    Sister Owen recalled her first meeting with Sir William at Dacca, Bengal, when she was in charge of a hospital ship evacuating wounded and sick from Burma to India.

    Clad in khaki shorts and bush shirt, one sultry afternoon, Sister Owen found that Sir William and several other high-ranking officers had boarded the ship to make an investigation of the vessel's facilities and to arrange for improvements.

    Sister Owen, who was the only European on the staff at the time, escorted Sir William and his officers over the ship. In recalling her experiences during the Burma campaign, sister Owen said she regarded them as the hardest and happiest of her eight years' Army career."

    Miss Owen was the first woman to be elected to the executive of the Rotorua R.S.A. AWMM
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  • References
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM

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