Slain local nurse honoured at medical centre

THE HEROISM of slain Toodyay World War 2 army nurse Alma Beard will be celebrated this month with the unveiling of an outdoor sculpture (right) at the town’s medical centre, which is named in her honour.

Toodyay RSL organisers will host the ceremony at the Stirling Terrace facility.

Alma May Beard was born at ‘Pell Mell’ in Bejoording in 1913, attended Toodyay State School and trained at Royal Perth Hospital before enlisting as an army nurse in 1941 after the outbreak of World War 2.

She was posted overseas and evacuated from British-held Singapore shortly before it fell to Japanese forces in February 1942.

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