|Place of Birth||Unknown|
|Date of Birth||Unknown|
|Date of Death||Monday, 07 August 1944|
|Residence or Entered Service From||LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Service Number||206151||Force||British Army|
|Service/Corps/Regiment||Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service|
|Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron||Hospital Carrier Amsterdam|
|Military Honours and Awards||KING'S COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT|
|Place of Burial/Commemoration||
Roll of honour
|Grave/Memorial Location||Panel 19, Column 1.|
|Previous Place(s) of Burial||Unknown|
|Family Details||DAUGHTER OF CHARLES ROLAND AND ETHEL ALICE STYLES FIELD, OF SOUTHWARK, LONDON.|
State Registered Nurse (SRN).
Sister DOROTHY ANITA FIELD and Sister MOLLIE EVERSHED, serving with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, were on board Hospital Carrier Amsterdam when it was sunk by a mine off JUNO Beach. The hospital ship had already made 2 succesful cross-channel journeys carrying wounded patients back to the United Kingdom. It was during the 3rd return sailing that the vessel struck a mine. One half of the vessel and engine room was completely wrecked. Sister in Charge, DOROTHY ANITA FIELD had made it into one of the life boats, when she realised that many of the wounded men of whom she was in charge of, would have to be left on board the ship.
As the ship began to sink she insisted on leaving the safety of the lifeboat and get back on board the stricken vessel to help the wounded. Also returning with her was Sister MOLLY EVERSHED.
As the ship began its decent beneath the cold water of the English Channel, the 2 brave Sisters managed to bring 75 men from the hospital ward below decks and helping them over the rails of the ship into the lifeboats. The last man to be brought to safety, was a patient who had just had his leg amputated in the ship's operating theatre minutes before the ship hit the mine.
'No longer able to walk upright because of the angle of the deck, the two Sisters went below for what was their last trip. In a final convulsion, the sea closed over the AMSTERDAM, its patients and the two women who gave their lives for their service. There was a fleeting image before the ship disappeared from the sight of sturdy Molly Evershed trying in vain to squeeze her hips through a porthole. She was twenty-nine years old and had recently become engaged to marry an engineer. Miss Field was Thirty-two. Seventy-Five grateful men wrote to the parents of the 2 women, who were posthumously Mentioned in Despatches.'1
Both Sisters were awarded the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct. Published in the London Gazette on the 29th December 1944.2 No record has, to date, been located of a Mentioned in Despatches award for Sister Dorothy Anita Field.
Many heroic deeds were performed by other members of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Corps and the Royal Army Medical Corps on that day on board the Hospital Carrier Amsterdam. Full details can be found on the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps website at http://www.qaranc.co.uk/hospital-carrier-amsterdam.php.
|1.||Extract from QUIET HEROINES: Nurses of The Second World War by Brenda McBryde. Chatto & Windus 1985. pp.175-76.|
|2.||Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps website at www.qaranc.co.uk.|
Acknowledgements and Credits
|Source of original data:||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Headstone photograph:||Carl Shilleto|
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|Additional information provided by:||QUIET HEROINES: Nurses of The Second World War by Brenda McBryde. Chatto & Windus 1985. pp.175-76, Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps website and Carl Shilleto.|
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