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Gladys Laura Hughes

Waihi RSA exterior, 71 Seddon Avenue, Waihi 3610. Image provided by John Halpin 2013, CC BY John Halpin 2013
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gladys Laura AWMM
  • Surname
    Hughes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    VFX61331 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 September 1908 AWMM WaikinoWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 11 August 1941 AWMM 186A Park Street, West Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James Hughes (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    VFX61331 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 11 August 1941 AWMM Nurse AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Wanganella AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Sumatra, Indonesia AWMM
    14 February 1942 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of illness whilst a prisoner of war AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Gladys Hughes was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Shore Hughes, of Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Gladys Hughes was evacuated from Singapore on 12 February 1942 on the Vyner Brooke which was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Banks Island on 14 February 1942. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    31 May 1945 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    SumatraIndonesia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia AWMM 3. D. 4. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Kai Tiaki - The New Zealand Nursing Journal v38n1p271 (15 November 1945) "Amongst those who died whilst held prisoner of war by the Japanese at Sumatra was Miss Gladys Hughes of Auckland. She was captured in Malaya and it is only within recent months that her parents were notified that she had died of beri beri. Miss Hughes was a graduate of Thames Hospital in 1932. Later she took a midwifery training at St. Helens Hospital, Auckland. She was on the staffs of Rotorua and Patea Hospitals and also did some private nursing. In 1938 she went to Australia and did private nursing in Melbourne. Miss Hughes joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in 1941 and was with the Eighth Division in Malaya. She was posted missing for two years and her parents then received one letter from her. Nothing further was heard of her until the news of her death." AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Waihi RSA, 71 Seddon Avenue, Waihi 3610 AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: Watkins. AWMM
      v.38 n.1 p.271 (15 November 1945) 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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