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Lesley Cowper was a T/F nurse in the Provincial Hospital at Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.
Trained at Auckland Hospital. First commissioned in Queen Alexandra's Royal Nursing Corps in Britain in 1957. After returning to New Zealand she was commissioned in the Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps in 1964. She was given a leave of absence to join the civilian New Zealand Surgical team in Vietnam and served there as a civilian nurse. Source: Sheryl McNabb, 100 Years of Military Nursing', p.333.
T/F Sister 28 August 1964; C/Sister 28 August 1965.
New Zealand Surgical Team Vietnam from 8 November 1965 until her death on 2 May 1966.
She was awarded the National Order of Merit-South Vietnam.
Most records including death registration spell the name Lesley. However her name is also spelled Leslie in publications. AWMM
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Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Protestant Lawn, Block C, Section 7, Plot 41 AWMM
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Leslie Estelle Cowper
Have just been doing some research and read of her death so long ago, I was saddened, I was serving at that time but never knew her. May you rest in peace Leslie.
Public - Gerry - Comrade - 19 August 2019
- Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
- Hornung, J. (2002). Angels in Vietnam: women who served. Lincoln, Nebraska: Writers Club Press. 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
- 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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