Historical information

An Alfred graduate of 1933 and Matron of Hamilton Hospital before the war Gwladys Thomas was already in the army reserve at the outbreak of WWII. Matron Thomas saw action in the Middle East, escaping from Tobruk just before it was cut off and she was unfortunately killed in a car accident near Ismalia in Egypt after evacuating patients at this time and died on September 1, 1941.


The League commissioned the plaque to commemorate a courageous nurse who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Physical description

Large metal plaque in memory of Matron Gwladys M. Thomas, showing her in relief wearing her Army uniform.

Inscriptions & markings

In memory of Matron Gwladys M. Thomas AIF Trainee of Alfred Hospital. Killed in action 1941.
'Neither counted she her life dear unto herself.'