A lifetime of memories
When 92-year-old Joyce Scott reflects on her service during World War II, she has mixed emotions.
Joyce, a Private in the Army, spent six years as a nurse treating injured troops in hospitals based in Bakers Marsh, Toorak and Heidelberg in Victoria.
“The boys that came back from Japan were in a shocking state,” says Joyce. “It was very difficult particularly when you were on the front desk when people would come to ask about their loved ones and you had to say ‘I’m sorry your son is not on the list’.”
But amid all the sadness and heartache, Joyce found love. She met her husband Charles, an Air Force Pilot, in a coffee shop after he had been discharged with bullet wounds to his legs, arm and shoulder.
“It’s hard to think anything good could come out of a war but it did!” Joyce says. “A girlfriend of mine introduced me to him at a coffee shop and well the rest, you can say, is history.”
The pair were married for 18-years and had three children. Charles has since passed away, but Joyce, who now lives in Bupa Aged Care in Enfield, pays a special tribute to him and other service men and women every Anzac day.
For the past 10-years she has made a wreath out of rosemary and poppies, which she lays at the annual Anzac Day service at the home.
“It’s very important day for me, after everything I have seen,” says Joyce. “I always think of my husband.”
Residents at Bupa Enfield will mark Anzac Day with a minutes silence and a wreath laying ceremony.