Borghardt an un­her­alded hero

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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.

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