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Merle Stephanie Farland

Methodist nurse Merle S. Farland. Image labeled "Courtesy Merle Farland" in Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons by Walter Lord (1977)

Merle S. Farland

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Merle Stephanie AWMM
  • Surname
    Farland AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    805365 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 February 1906 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 March 1943 AWMM 6 Cedar Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Nurse/Civilian AWMM
    Nurse and nurse educator for World Health Organisation AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. E. Marriner (mother), 286 Kahuta Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    1934 WWII NZANS Roll
    Place of Nursing training and date of qualification / registration AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1 March 1943 AWMM Nurse AWMM
    New CaledoniaPacific 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

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Biographical information

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  • Merle Farland trained at Christchurch and Auckland and became a State Registered Nurse in 1934.

    Sister Trentham 27 April 1943

    Charge Sister 18 December 1945

    Returning to vella Lavella on holiday in 1962 she found one of her native nurses with a little girl named Merle. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    21 May 1988 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block M Row 27 Plot 000 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • Jackson, D. (1979). Notable New Zealanders : the pictorial Who's who. Auckland, N.Z.: Paul Hamlyn. AWMM
      Notable New Zealanders: A pictorial Who's Who (first edition) 1979 p149 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Maxwell, S. [unknown story name]. (1978, 9 September). New Zealand Herald. AWMM
    • Reference File. Women's Archive. Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
      Merle Farland's story as copied from the Returned Servicewomen's newsletters October 1981 to November 1982... Unpublished paper. 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
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.40 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.30 AWMM


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