IT'S a story local historian Ian Kirkland said had to be told.
And he has spent the last few months researching Nurse Jessie Blanch (later known by her married name, Eaton-Lee).
She was a local girl who went off to war - and survived the horrors of being a Prisoner of War.
Mr Kirkland will launch his book, Blanchie: Alstonville's inspirational WWII nurse, on Sunday, April 22, at a function to be held at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, Alstonville, starting at 2pm.
Colonel Julie Finucane OAM, from Brisbane, will launch the book.
The book costs $15 and will be available in Alstonville Plaza's book shop, and the ABC Centre in Ballina.
See the next story on this website for more on Blanchie.