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Clara Dryden, East African Military Nursing Service

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Clara Dryden, East African Military Nursing Service

Posted: 1218567408000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dryden
Hello, I'm researching Clara Martha Dryden (c. 1904 - 1944).

I know she served with the East African Military Nursing Service (EAMNS) during World War Two - this is her Commonwealth War Graves entry: - but I'm trying to find out more about what she did and where exactly she served (Kenya? Mogadishu?). Indeed information about EAMNS itself seems to be incredibly hard to find.

Born in South Africa, she was the daughter of Henry Norris Dryden (c.1874-c.1957) and Henrietta Christine Brink. She had three brothers and three sisters.

She died on February 12 1944 onboard the S.S. Khedive Ismail when it was attacked by the Japanese U-Boat I-27, commanded by Lt-Cdr Toshiaki Fukumura.

Clara Dryden is listed among the "Service and Mercantile women lost at sea during the Second World War" in the book, "Beyond the Call of Duty: The loss of British Commonwealth mercantile and service women at sea during the Second World War" by Brian James Crabb:

She is also in the "Casualty List for SS Khedive Ismail" in "Gender and Warfare in the Twentieth Century", edited by Angela K. Smith:

I seem to have more information about how she died than how she lived.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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