The whereabouts of a Swinton nurse who left Singapore a few hours before its fall are unknown, She is Sister Florence Black, who resided with Mr and Mrs F E Buckland, 128 Folly Lane, Swinton. Sister Black, who attended St Paul's Church, Monton, began her training as a nurse in Brighton Infirmary, and later proceeded to Weymouth, becoming a Weymouth medallist. She returned to Swinton to take up private nursing pending being called up by the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service, subsequently going to India and then to Malaya. Mr and Mrs Buckland have learned that she boarded a ship at Singapore. The ship was bombed and sunk, and it is known that Sister Black, along with other nurses swam to a small island, from which she was later taken off by a Chinese fishing vessel. Since then nothing has been heard of her. Sister Black is 28 years old.
Author B A Lightfoot sent the following information with regards to Charlotte Florence Black:
BLACK - Nurse C.F. Black (Miss), QAIMNSR, ex Alexandra Hospital and engaged to a RAF pilot - survived the sinking of "TP' and was on a small raft with Able Seamen Archer, A/S Baird, A/S Hissey and six other nurses (the nurses drowned or died of exposure a few days before reaching land) but Charlotte Black died of a wound to her leg on 22-23 or 24 February( according to differing testimonies) and was buried about five miles from the village of Rambut on Banka Island (post war testimony of Able Seaman J. Baird testimony); Sister Charlotte Florence Black, QAIMNS, 20th General Hospital, aged 26 years, #206670, daughter of Robert and Charles Black - she died 24.2.42 (CWGC)
There is a half page article in this weeks Salford Advertiser about Nurse Black, but i just cant find the link online to post it here! It says it's a 3 part article about her, i can always scan it in from the newspaper if no one else can find it online. The author is BA Lightfoot. Alison.
B A Lightfoot is a good friend of SWARM. He has written a couple of excellent books which are featured on our books section of the forum, also see the news section for more articles that he has written for the Salford Advertiser. I will post a copy of the article latter.