Tribute to local nurse

TRIBUTE: Alstonville Plateau Historical Society’s Ian Kirkland with his book on local woman Jessie Blanch, who was a World War II Prisoner of War.
TRIBUTE: Alstonville Plateau Historical Society’s Ian Kirkland with his book on local woman Jessie Blanch, who was a World War II Prisoner of War.

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.

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