Ethel Lane: Anzac Day 2020

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Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.


Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. On Anzac Day, we remember all Australians who have served our country. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Ethel Lane was a nursing sister.  Ethel had no hesitation in joining up as an Army nurse, based at Sydney's Concord Hospital. But for all her experience, things turned out to be very different to civilian life.

Ethel Lane: You weren't nursing Mrs So-and-So from up the road, or a little boy from here or there, or a man - they were all your brothers. And this is where they all became the boys to us. If you speak to any army nurse, we all refer to the boys. And some of them had just come down from New Guinea with scrub typhus and that sort of thing. And you'd think that he was coming along nicely. And you'd turn your back for five minutes and come back and he would have died. Well, this used to upset us. There were more tears shed out there than enough. There were the naughty ones that went under the back fence and left a note to say, "Dear Sis, gone to ward 35, be back by midnight!' They were down at the local hotel! And sometimes you used to get so mad with them. But what could you do with somebody that'd felt fit enough to sneak out - you couldn't stop them, could you?!

Outro: Anzac Day 2020, remembering all Australians who served our country. Lest we forget

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