Nursing Sister Margaret Alma Pringle

Margaret Alma Pringle served in the South African Military Nursing Service during WW2. She is entitled to the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the War Medal and the Africa Service Medal

Born at East London, Cape Province on February 9th, 1910

April 1934 : She qualified as a nurse at  the Memorial Hospital in Bulawayo, Rhodesia

Worked in these hospitals in

1934 private nursing for brother

1935 until April 30th, 1936 in Grey Hospital in King Williams Town

May 1st, 1936 until June 30th in Frere Hospital East London

July 1st to November 30th at Provincial Hospital in Port Elizabeth

December 1st to February 9th, 1937 H D Street Nursing home in Cape Town (took hill with diptheria)

July 1st, 1937 to November 30th, 1938 at Tanibodes Convalescent Nursing Home Cape Town

December 1st, 1938 to August 1st, 1940 in Eaton Convalescent Home Plunstead Cape Town served as assistant matron

June 27th, 1940 : Enlisted in Cape Town as a Staff Nurse in the South African Militray Nursing Service. She was living in Adelaide Cape and worked at the Addington Hospital Dunbar from August to November 5th.

Trade : nurse         Religion : Presbyterian         Height : 5’ 4’’

Weight : 106 lbs.    Eyes : brown                          Hair : brown

All nurses had to be single on enlistment and her number was 90772

November 5th : Transferred in East Africa with No. 4 South African General Hospital in the tropical ulcer ward and the gunshot wound ward.

March 1941 : She transferred to No. 3 East Africa General Hospital and served in the fever ward, general ward and then in the P.O.W. ward treating gunshot wounds.

October : Transferred to the Lady Moore Military Hospital in Nairobi – female theatre ward and general ward

January 8th, 1942 : Promoted to the rank of Nursing sister

July 9th : Hospitalised for influenza until July 19th, again on August 2nd (streptococcal) until august 13th.

July 26th : Stop serving in East Africa and transferred to R T U

November 20th, 1943 : Hospitalized (influenza) until December 6th.

October 10th, 1944 : Hospitalized (influenza) until October 16th.

March 10th, 1945 : She married during the war and was discharged – urgent private affairs (meaning she was pregnant)

March 1951 : The medals are confirmed – issued to Mrs. M.A. McDonald, Government Hospital, Port Shepstone, Natal.

If you know more information on this lady, please leave me message so I can add it to her small biography

Margaret Pringle WW2 medals

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