Brigadier Turner at Musgrave Park Hospital

Brigadier Turner at Musgrave Park Hospital

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Belfast, Musgrave Park Hospital




Production 12/01/1965







black and white


Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2


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Brigadier Dame Margot Turner visits the military wing of Musgrave Park Hospital.  


Brigadier Dame Evelyn Marguerite Turner, DBE, RRC (10 May 1910 – 24 September 1993), known as Margot Turner, was a British military nurse and nursing administrator. A prisoner of war during the Second World War, she resumed her career following liberation and served in a succession of foreign postings. Turner served with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service from 1937 to 1949 and Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) from 1949 to 1968. She served as Matron-in-Chief of QARANC and Director, Army Nursing Services (1964–68) and was Colonel-Commandant of QARANC from 1969 to 1974. 

The television series Tenko was created by Lavinia Warner after she had worked as a researcher for the edition of the television programme This Is Your Life which featured Turner, and was convinced of the dramatic potential of the stories of women prisoners of the Japanese. Dame Margot Turner was evacuated, with the rest of the hospital in which she served, to Singapore, ahead of the Japanese invasion in 1942. Unfortunately the ship she was evacuated in was sunk but she survived on a raft with another nursing sister. Between them they rescued six children and eight women. They had no food or water and all died but Margot Turner. She was rescued from the Ocean by a Japanese Destroyer only to be imprisoned as a Prisoner of War (POW).  


An Ulster Television Production.



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