Info: Australian? Allied Unit, Sister Patricia Cashmore, EDCC/371-Royal Nursing Service British Army

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  1. spidge


    Info: Australian? Allied Unit, Sister Patricia Cashmore, (East Africa Command). Ship: Khedive Ismail

    Any further information would be appreciated.

    Need assistance on Who/Where/What/How for this man who is on the Australian Commemorative Roll which is for those "Australians" who died in other Allied Services. If proved not to be "Australian" their names will not be removed from the Commemorative Roll however their details will be updated accordingly.

    I have researched the Air Force members but there are many more Land and Sea deaths in a myriad of different forces.

    There is not a lot of information on these people that can be accessed easily and I ask your assistance to fill in at least some of the gaps.

    Hopefully some relatives may see this thread and add more.

    I will make a different thread for each along the way as they may tend to get lost if clumped together.

    Commemorative Roll - Patricia Cashmore

    Service number: EDCC/371
    Rank: Sister
    Unit: Royal Nursing Service of the British Army (East Africa Command). Ship: Khedive Ismail
    Service: British Army
    Conflict: 1939-1945
    Date of death: 12 February 1944
    Place of death: Died at sea (ship sunk by Japanese submarine)
    Cemetery or memorial details: East Africa Memorial, Kenya

    East Africa Memorial, Kenya
    Cashmore_Patricia Memorial Photo.jpg

    In Memory of
    Patricia Cashmore
    EDCC/371, East African Military Nursing Service
    who died on 12 February 1944 Age 38
    Daughter of Arthur Brook Cashmore and Annie Amelia Cashmore, of Northcote, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    East Africa Memorial

    Weekly Times Messenger : March 30th 2011, Page 11

    This story tells us that the Henley and Grange RSL in South Australia has only one WW2 photo in their club - that of Patricia Cashmore who is on the Clubs roll of honour.

    From: Nurses Database
    Khedive Ismail SS
    Also Named: Aconcagua

    This Page Is Dedicated To


    Cashmore, Patricia

    East African Military Nursing Service

    Japanese PoW:
    Date of Death:
    Cause of Death:
    Lost when the SS Khedive Ismail was sunk
    Place of Death:
    One and a Half Degree Channel - South-west of the Maldives near coordinates 01°25'N 72°22E

    Loved Ones
    Daughter of Arthur Brook Cashmore and Annie Amelia Cashmore, of Northcote, Victoria, Australia

    Column 74.
    East Africa Memorial, Kenya

    Sailing on 6 February 1944 from Kilindini Harbour at Mombasa, Kenya to Colombo, Ceylon in Convoy KR-8, the SS Khedive Ismail was attacked by a B1 type Japanese submarine. The Khedive Ismail was hit by two torpedoes. 1,297 perished.


    “We will remember them”
  2. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member


    From Ancestry:

    Name:Patricia Cashmore
    Birth Date:23 Jul 1905
    Father's Name:Arthur Brook Cashmore
    Mother's Name:Annie Amelia Whallin
    Birth Place:Port Pirie
    Registration Place:Clare, South Australia
    Page Number:71
    Volume Number:752

  3. spidge



    From Ancestry:


    Thanks Mark,

    Born at Pt Pirie
    Henley RSL Roll of Honour
    NOK for parents: Northcote in Melbourne

    Can't find anything on the when and where she did her Nursing Cert in (SA or Vic). If she went straight to that calling after college she would have finished 1926/27.


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  4. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    No mention of the father in a couple of news reports for Patricia and her brother 1944 / 45

    Attached Files:

  5. spidge


    No mention of the father in a couple of news reports for Patricia and her brother 1944 / 45

    She must have had another sister as well or been married herself to have a brother-in-law in the forces.
  6. spidge


    I have been contacted by the nephew of Patricia Cashmore (Peter Glenn) through the Admin and his reply sheds some light on some of the questions in this thread.

    Really worth a read about the two families.


    [FONT=&quot]Thank you for your email. Naturally I never met my aunty Pat. You are right in that she had a sister, my mother Elizabeth (Betty) Cashmore who met my father John Glenn as high school students at Port Pirie High. They both became teachers. Dad served in the 2/48th (9th Division) in the Middle East and New Guinea...he is the author of the official history of the unit "Tobruk to Tarakan".[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I know that mum did considerable work with the War Memorial to get Patricia recognised. I believe Patricia moved to Africa (she graduated in Surgical Nursing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in August 1930) and decided to see the world (prior to WW2 breaking out of course).[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Apparently she was very dedicated and wanted to "do her bit" but would have had to come back to Australia to enlist so she joined the East African Nursing Service. I know that she was friendly with a Anne Mulligan who also graduated at the same time. Mulligan I believe went on to become the matron of the Penola Hospital. Mulligan remained friends with my mother for years after the war.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The Cashmores were a well known and well to do Port Pirie family (there is still a street in the town named after Patricia - Cashmore Street. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Brother Victor Cashmore (the youngest son) was with 454 Squadron RAAF and wrote of his experiences in WW2. On page 4 he mentions Patricia - have a look at Australians at War.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]His other brother Jack (John) is mentioned as being in Crete during the war. Another brother ALEC was part of the Occupational Forces in Japan after the war......he went on to lecture at Melbourne University. Two other brothers Edward and George went on to become a governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (Edward) and a top Melbourne Anesthetist (a Mr. and eventually inspector of hospitals for Victoria).[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Prior to the war my grandparents parted and my mother and sister lived with her mother at Henley Beach in Adelaide while dad was overseas. When he returned (brother John born in 1944 and I was born in 1945) we all lived at the Henley Beach house until 1950 when dad obtained a war service home at Tranmere.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Mum would not have anything "made in Japan" in our house for years and my brother and I were not allowed to have toy guns. Both of us went on to become Police Officers and I was on the world executive of the International Practical Shooting Confederation -(meeting the Glock family and Mikhail Kalashnikov in my travels) so much for prohibition![/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Interestingly, my brother John and his wife had a son Christopher who went to Japan as a Rotary Exchange Student and fell in love with it. He returned years later as a radio disc jockey and married a local girl (he could speak Japanese) and is today apparently "star status" amongst that group...having his own radio shows.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I [/FONT][FONT=&quot]hope I haven't bored you and I hope I have helped in some small way.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Best Regards[/FONT]

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  7. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    I have been contacted by the nephew of Patricia Cashmore (Peter Glenn) through the Admin and his reply sheds some light on some of the questions in this thread.

    Really worth a read about the two families.

    Brilliant result - it's always nice to get confirmation / closure on a few open-ended matters
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  8. spidge


    Very good of Peter to take the time to contact me and to allow me to post this information.

    Patricia's brother Victor, was Squadron Leader Victor Cashmore (DFC) 407165.

    Cashmore_Victor DFC Brother of Patricia.jpg

    Peters' father John was with the 9th Division Tobruk/El Alamein/New Guinea. The 2/48th Infantry Battalion was Australia’s highest decorated unit of the Second World War, awarded four Victoria Crosses (three of them posthumously) and more than 80 other decoration's.

    As stated, John Glenn wrote the Battalion's history "Tobruk to Tarakan" which may I add is out of my reach at $220 - $320.

    Great to know about how Patricia came to be on the Khedive Ismail.
  9. cashey

    cashey New Member

    Wow great to finally read some information about my Aunt Patricia. My Father was Edward, mentioned above (minor correction he was actually Deputy Govenor, not Govenor of the RBA) I'll need to review and get a better handle on all this. Thank you.
  10. spidge


    Glad that you have found this information and look forward to some more if you can add anything to the previous posts.

    This was my reason for posting all of these people from the Commemorative Roll and it has come up with some good information again.

    Thanks for joining up Cashey.


  11. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thought this might be of interest -

    S.S. Khedive Ismail

    The third worst shipping disaster of the Second World War

    Saturday 12th February 1944 the SS Khedive Ismail was en-route from Mombasa, East Africa to Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on a calm Indian Ocean under a clear blue sky. She was carrying a complement of 1,511 that included 178 ship’s crew plus British and African troops and members of the Women’s Services.

    At 14.33 (09.03 GMT) the peace on board was shattered by an explosion in the centre of the ship that immediately started to list to starboard and seconds later another, more violent, explosion erupted deep in the heart of the ship. She had been hit by two of four torpedoes fired by the Japanese U-Boat I-27 commanded by Toshiaki Fukumura and she sunk in the time of less than 2 minutes taking with her 1,297 of the ship’s complement this total included: -
    17 Women’s Royal Naval Service – 8 Women’s Territorial Service (East Africa) Ex. FANY – 44 Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service - 7 East African Military Nursing Service.

    Having sunk 14 Merchant Navy Vessels, including Khedive Ismail, Captain Fukumura’s luck ran out some three hours later when I-27 was blown in half by a torpedo from HMS Petard with no survivors.
  12. spidge


    Thanks for that detail Tony.

    Glad Captain Fukumura did not have time to celebrate the sinking.

    HMS Petard had a very busy war. Interesting reading about the sinking of I-27 (here)


  13. kjharris

    kjharris Nurse historian

    Hi all, a further piece of info from TROVE:
    It contradicts some info previously provided.

    Nursing Sister Reported Missing

    Mrs. A. Cashmore, of Seaview
    road, Henley Beach, has been noti
    fled that her daughter, Sister Patri
    cia Cashmore, 38, of the East Afri
    can Command, has been reported
    missing, believed drowned.
    Sister Cashmore had been nurs
    ing in Italian Somaliland and
    She left Australia five years ago
    to do a special nursing course min
    England. On her way war broke
    out, and she enlisted as a nurse in
    East Africa.
    Sister Cashmore began training
    at the Port Pirie Hospital and
    Was later at the Melbourne
    Women's Hospital.

    cheers Kirsty
  14. spidge


    Thanks for the info Kirsty - My eldest daughter was born at the Melbourne Women's Hospital.
  15. Gary Fradd

    Gary Fradd New Member

    Patricia Cashmore is noted on one of two bronze plaques on the Port Pirie WW2 Memorial Gates- I've uploaded a photo.
    Port Pirie, South Australia is where Patricia was born, she was schooled at Port Pirie High School and initially trained as a nurse at the Port Pirie Hospital.
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