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Muriel Kathleen Thomson

My great Aunt Kathleen was a Nurse in the QARINC in WWII and after until her retirement.  I am not sure when or where this image was taken.  She used her middle name Kathleen (not Muriel).

M Kathleen Thomson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Muriel Kathleen AWMM
  • Surname
    Thomson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Kathleen Thomson AWMM
  • Service number
    206483 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 February 1904 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Nurse AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 1936 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

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  • Daughter of Nora Ethel Thomson and Hugh Gordon Thomson

    Served at Q.A.R.A.N.C, Depot T.E. Queen Alexandra Camp, Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom

    Kathleen Thomson was serving as matron at St Albert Hospital, Hong Kong when the colony was overrun by the Japanese and was interned at Stanley interment camp for the duration of the war.

    She returned to England after the war and rose to the position of Assistant Director of the Army Nursing Service (rank of Lieutenant Colonel).

    She retired to New Zealand. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 January 2002 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Weekend New Zealand Herald, 26-27 January 2002 includes portrait AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Kathleen was a wonderful person & a inspirational nurse. My grandfather Donald Mitchell (Royal Navy) died in Hong Kong as a POW in 1942. I have a letter that she wrote to my Grandmother, after the war, that told her about my Grandfather. From research I have, she wrote to everyone's family she could, to give them some comfort about their lost loved ones. I'm so, happy to see that she had a long life, that I hope was full of joy. To the relatives of this beautiful soul, I'm sure you are proud of how well respected she was. God bless her for her compassion & caring. X
    Public - Kristeen - 21 June 2021
  • The book Sisters in Arms by Nicola Tyrer mentions Kathleen in chapter 4, when it focuses on Hong Kong during World War 2. It’s awesome to be able to look her up and see a face. Sisters in Arms is a great resource to understand the QA nurses
    Public - Hannah - Self - 31 October 2019



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • Weekend Herald AWMM
      Obituary: Weekend New Zealand Herald, 26-27 January 2002 includes portrait AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: Weekend New Zealand Herald, 26-27 January 2002 includes portrait AWMM
    • 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


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21 June 2021KristeenPenrith Australia Other
31 October 2019HannahWhangarei, nzSelf
03 June 2017AlisonAucklandOther relative

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