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.
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Margaret Pringle WW2 medals