Ipswich resident Kathleen Edwards served as a theatre sister in Japan and Korea.
Ipswich resident Kathleen Edwards served as a theatre sister in Japan and Korea.

101-year-old war nurse ‘recalls good times’

NOT all war heroes carried a gun, as Ipswich resident Kathleen Edwards proves.

The 101-year-old was a theatre sister in Japan following the dropping of the nuclear bombs from 1947-49, and in the Korean War from 1952.

Born in Spring Creek near Cloncurry, she joined the Citizen’s Miltary Force in 1942 before entering the Army in 1943.

Kathleen Edwards is 101 years old. She served as a nurse in Japan.
Kathleen Edwards is 101 years old. She served as a nurse in Japan.

She served in the hospitals in Kure – near the Hiroshima blast zone – and at Kaitachi, helping patients with some horrific injuries.

But it was the happy times that she prefers to reflect on, according to son John.

“When I talk about mum I get a bit emotional,” he said.

“She only likes to talk about the happy times over there.”

Kathleen Edwards is 101 years old. She served as a nurse in Japan. Her wedding to husband Victor in Japan.
Kathleen Edwards is 101 years old. She served as a nurse in Japan. Her wedding to husband Victor in Japan.

It was during her time in Japan that she met husband Vic, a former British Army man who was taken as a prisoner of war and later transferred into the Australian Defence Force.

One of two sons, John was born shortly after the pair returned to Australia in 1953.

Kathleen Edwards is 101 years old. She served as a nurse in Japan. Her son John Edwards with her medals.
Kathleen Edwards is 101 years old. She served as a nurse in Japan. Her son John Edwards with her medals.

Mrs Edwards took on duties at home after Korea, starting up a senior citizens group at Inala, where many former defence families found new homes.

Vic sadly passed away in 1996, and Mrs Edwards now lives at Nowlanvil aged care facility at Flinders View.



Early Ipswich Cup tips: Excellent track but rug up

Premium Content Early Ipswich Cup tips: Excellent track but rug up

Preparing for his 17th Ipswich Cup, track manager Sean Tou offered some valuable...

Council tears down serial litigant’s eye-catching signs

Premium Content Council tears down serial litigant’s eye-catching signs

Over the years his signs have targeted several high-profile politicians, police and...

New 5G phone tower planned to improve network

Premium Content New 5G phone tower planned to improve network

The telco is looking to improve its network across Ipswich with several...