Captain Vivi Bignold
On the 6 th May 1940, at the young age of twenty six – Vivi enlisted in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.
And was among the first batch of Nurses to be attached to the 2/5 AGH and was posted to Ingleburn Army Camp for additional Army training and procedures.
In October 1940 a large contingent of the 2/5 Australian General Hospital, aboard the Queen Mary, sailed out of Sydney Harbour bound for overseas duty. Staff Nurse V. Bignold was one of these
Vivi served with the 2/5 AGH for quite some time, and saw service in Greece, Crete, Eritrea, New Guinea, and on the Hospital Ship Manunda.
Vivi was later posted to the 2/12 Australian General Hospital, sailing on the Hospital Ship Manunda, calling in at Morotai Island on the way to Balikpapan.
This gave her a chance to ‘catch up’ with her mates from the 2/5 AGH, which at that time was stationed on Morotai Island.
Vivi was discharged on 12 November 1946, with the rank of Captain
This information, with photos, was given by Vivi Bignold, with permission to reproduce same on the 2/5 AGH Memorabilia Disk and Website -- 2006