• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: IMP0199

Torney, Vera Alexandra

(1916 – 2006) Sister Vera Torney
  • Born 27 July, 1916, St Arnaud Victoria Australia
  • Died 19 June, 2006
  • Occupation Servicewoman


On 12 February 1942 the Empire Star sailed from Singapore harbour. The ship which normally had an allocation of space for 20 passengers was carrying over 2100 people. While on route to Batavia, the ship came under enemy fire and received three direct hits. During one of the raids, two of the Australian nursing staff on board, Sister Vera A Torney and Margaret Anderson came on deck to attend to the wounded. They protected their patients by covering them with their bodies. Staff Nurse Vera Torney was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military) on 22 September 1942 for her work with the Australian Army Nursing Service. Staff Nurse Margaret Anderson received the George Medal.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office
    • Army Medical & Dental Corps. Nurses and Specialists [Applications for Australian Army Nursing Service (A.A.N.S.)] - V A Torney [Box 62]
  • Australian War Memorial, Research Centre
    • Honours and Awards - Recommendations for Immediate award Staff Nurse Margaret Anderson and Staff Nurse Vera Torney

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Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) (1902 - 1948)
  • Related Women
    • Anderson, Margaret Irene (1915 - 2009)