As Australia marks the ANZAC Centenary, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is asking us all to pause and remember the “Lemnos Nurses” – the heroic nurses who cared for our troops in Gallipoli.
The battle of Gallipoli resulted in a terrible toll, with 8,700 killed and 19,000 wounded and supporting the ANZACs were the nurses working in two Australian field hospitals on the island of Lemnos, which was the main assembly point for our troops.
“The nation will stop tomorrow to proudly commemorate 100 years of ANZAC and the ANMF is asking Australians to recognise the vital role the brave Lemnos nurses played in supporting the ANZAC troops in Gallipoli,” ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said.
“The field hospitals were staffed by nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service and also civilian nurses, who treated the thousands of sick and wounded soldiers, who were evacuated from Gallipoli to Lemnos.
“The medical skill, professionalism and bravery of the Lemnos nurses must never be forgotten, especially on this very special ANZAC Day.”
Ms Thomas said nurses have supported Australian troops in war zones, conflicts and peacekeeping missions around the world for centuries.
“Dating back to the Boer War, Australian nurses have tended to the sick and wounded in appalling conditions, treating bullet wounds, injuries from mine blasts and grenades, disease and shocking burns resulting from napalm used during the Vietnam War,” Ms Thomas said.
“The ANMF commends them all on their dedication and commitment to nursing and their courage under fire should be recognised each ANZAC Day.
“We should also reflect on the nurses who are supporting our troops in war zones around the world today.
“Lest we forget.”
ANMF, with over 240,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
ANMF media inquiries: 0411 254 390.