Wilma Oram

Wilma Elizabeth Forster (nēe Oram) Young AM (17 August 1916 – 28 May 2001) was an Australian Army nurse during the Second World War. She was evacuated from Singapore in February 1942 and was aboard the Vyner Brooke when the ship was sunk in Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft. After surviving in the water for many hours she came ashore at Bangka Island and became a prisoner of war (POW) until 1945. Vivian Bullwinkel and Betty Jeffrey were captives together with Oram.

Wilma Elizabeth Forster (nēe Oram) Young
Sister Wilma Oram, 1945
Born(1916-08-17)17 August 1916
Glenorchy, Victoria
Died28 May 2001(2001-05-28) (aged 84)
Richmond, Victoria
Pakenham Cemetery
Allegiance Commonwealth of Australia
Service/branchRoyal Australian Army Nursing Corps
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsMember of the Order of Australia

Following the war she married Alan Livingstone Young, who had also been a prisoner of war. They settled on a dairy farm at Cardinia in Victoria and had 4 children. Aside from her work on the farm she was an active member of the Returned and Services League of Australia, serving as the treasurer and later president of its Pakenham branch. She worked for causes including greater recognition for Vietnam War veterans and to raise money for the Australian Service Nurses National Memorial, unveiled in Canberra on 2 October 1999.


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