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Google doodle honour for Second World War nurse

A nurse who was awarded the George medal for bravery during the Second World War has been commemorated with a Google doodle.
Sybil Kathigasu

A nurse who was awarded the George medal for bravery during the Second World War has been commemorated with a Google doodle.

Internet search engine Google marked the 117th anniversary of Sybil Kathigasu's birth on 3 September with an illustrated doodle image of her on its homepage in Malaysia.

Ms Kathigasu secretly supplied medicine and treated patients during the Japanese occupation of Malaya - now known as Malaysia - during the war.

Medal for gallantry

She also shared information with resistance fighters obtained by listening to BBC on a shortwave radio, before being arrested in 1943.

She was freed when Malaya was liberated by allied forces in 1945 and was awarded the George medal for bravery, one of the UK and Commonwealth's

A nurse who was awarded the George medal for bravery during the Second World War has been commemorated with a Google doodle.


Google's illustration marking the 117th anniversary of the Malaysian freedom fighting nurse Sybil Kathigasu’s birth on 3 September 1899. Image: Google

Internet search engine Google marked the 117th anniversary of Sybil Kathigasu's birth on 3 September with an illustrated ‘doodle’ image of her on its homepage in Malaysia.

Ms Kathigasu secretly supplied medicine and treated patients during the Japanese occupation of Malaya - now known as Malaysia - during the war.

Medal for gallantry

She also shared information with resistance fighters obtained by listening to BBC on a shortwave radio, before being arrested in 1943.

She was freed when Malaya was liberated by allied forces in 1945 and was awarded the George medal for bravery, one of the UK and Commonwealth's highest medals for civilian gallantry, before her death in 1948.

Ms Kathigasu is not the first nurse to be commemorated with a Google doodle. On 11 May 2008, Florence Nightingale’s 188th birthday was marked with an illustration.

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