Borghardt an unheralded hero
CHILDERS woman Lorna Borghardt was in the Volunteer Aid Detachment and the Australian Women’s Army Service during the Second World War.
One of 11 children, Ms Borghardt is one of Childers’ unheralded veterans.
In the lead-up to International Women’s Day earlier this year Tracey Jackson wrote and spoke about Ms Borghardt’s contribution.
“Lorna is a real treasure,” Ms Jackson said.
“She’s 96 years old, but still walks everywhere. She’s very modest and couldn’t understand why I’d want to talk about her at our International Women’s Day morning tea.”
The idea of enlisting women in the VAD was to release fit men to fighting units overseas.
Ms Borghardt worked as a nursing orderly in military hospitals, performing jobs such as scrubbing floors, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning bedpans and washing and changing patients.
Ms Borghardt later joined the Australian Women’s Army Service.
As a member of AWAS, she could be deployed anywhere the army wanted to send her, including overseas, but all of her service was in Australia.
While Ms Borghardt initially worked in military hospitals, she was later moved into Ordnance (military supplies) and attained the rank of sergeant.
She was asked to stay on in the army after the war ended but, having been away for more than three years, she chose to come home to Childers.
“(Lorna’s stories) really brought home to all of us how totally devastating war is,” Ms Jackson said.