Sister Margaret R. Finley, Q.A.I.M.N.S. (Missing presumed killed 14.02.1942) Roll of Honour These are the details of Sister Margaret Raven Finley, 206153, Q.A.I.M.N.S. as listed by the CWGC: Name: FINLEY, MARGARET RAVEN Initials: M R Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sister Regiment/Service: Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Age: 31 Date of Death: 14/02/1942 Service No: 206153 Additional information: Daughter of Harry and Lilian Finley. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 113. Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL Research enquiry: Can anyone please assist with some research enquiries about Sister Margaret Raven, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.I.M.N.S.)? a) Perhaps someone reading this has specialised in researching the fall of Singapore (February 1942) or has researched the war casualties of the Ledbury / West Malvern district of Worcestershire? If so, do they have information they could post about Sister Margaret Finley? b) Does anyone who knows the West Malvern, Worcestershire area know if Sister Margaret Finley is commemorated on any church or civic war memorials in that area please? If so, could they post a photograph of the memorial? c) The Finley family were also linked to West Cumberland (see below). But, at the present time, Margaret Finley is not commemorated on any West Cumbrian war memorial. Any information would be appreciated. Many thanks. Some background information: It is believed Margaret's parents, Dr Harry Finley and Lilian McKelvie married in the Whitehaven area (June 1900 Qtr). This is also where it is believed some of Margaret's siblings may have been born. Margaret Raven Finley was born in the Ledbury district of Worcestershire (June 1910 Qtr.). It is further belived Dr Harry Finley died in Worcestershire in 1938 (Dec. Qtr.). Sister Margaret Raven Finley was serving with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.I.M.N.S.) in Singapore in 1942. Just before Singapore fell to the Japanese she was one of the nursing sisters being evacuated aboard SS Kuala along with hospital patients, women and children etc. The Kuala was attacked by the Japanese and lost. As often happened, many lives were also lost. The date when the SS Kuala was sunk off Pom Pong Island was 14 February 1942. Sister Finley was officially 'reported missing' in 1943. In January 1946, almost 4 years after the fall of Singapore, Sister Margaret Finley was officially 'presumed killed in action at sea'. It will be remembered that the war in the Far East came to a conclusion in August 1945 (VJ Day). The formal Japanese surrender only took place in early September 1945. It then took a some weeks to identify and repatriate the prisoners of war and internees held by the Japanese. Margaret Finley was still unaccounted for she and it was presumed she was killed in action. As noted above her name is listed on the Singapore memorial.