Alma Kent

AlmaKent_thenAlma Kent was a Sergeant with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps in 1939, and later served in the 14th Army Nursing Corps in Burma. She was a Lieutenant when Singapore was overrun by the Japanese in 1942. She was a Prisoner of War at the infamous Changi Prison, where she witnessed and suffered many brutalities, including a soldier who had his legs severed from the knees down because he was too tall, the officially documented Singapore Massacre when a group of Australian soldiers, nurses and patients were forced to swim back to their sinking ship after making it ashore and were machine-gunned for target practice. Perhaps most horrifically she witnessed one of the nurses in her charge being beheaded for refusing to bow to the Japanese commandant. She told the commandant that if they remained unmolested, she and her nurses would treat not only the inmates, but AlmaKent_nowalso the commandant and his troops.

When she was released from Changi, she weighed just 4 stone (56lbs) and was close to death from starvation and injuries from beatings. American surgeons rebuilt her jaw, she has a metal plate in her head and in one leg, a steel rod in her spine, metal plates in her ankles, her broken feet were repaired and she has two new kneecaps. Despite this, Alma has taken part in more than 200 marathons to raise money for various charities dear to her, completing the 2008 London marathon in 4 1/2 hours at the age of 90.

Among her decorations are the War Defence Medal, The 1930-1945 Star, and The Burma Star. In 2002 she was made a Freeman of the City of London.
8 comments on “Alma Kent
  1. I met this incredible lady whilst she was at the age of 96, selling Poppies at a train station. Wanting to give her some time for the good that she was doing, I struck up a conversation and could not believe the information that followed during our ten minute chat. What an incredibly brave, strong and inspirational lady Alma is and what an honour and pleasure to meet her. You never know who you might meet when giving a stranger some respect and a few minutes and what a personal loss had I not done so. Alma, I salute you.

  2. Jaide says:

    This is a lie

  3. yas says:

    alma kent born alma payne, in she was 11 when she was a sargent in burma. she had one child who has suffered from her lies and secrets believe me. rgere is no george cross, no war meadals and no war record. look it up dont take my word for it

  4. John Symon says:

    Even a cursory investigation of many of this lady’s claims shows inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Her story needs to be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.

  5. Sue says:

    No 90 year old woman by the name of Kent completed the ’08 London Marathon. She also claimed to have done the ’05 event and has a medal but no record on the official website… four and a half hours? Seriously? Is no one fact checking this cock and bull story?

    • Paul Bridle says:

      A few years ago I spent some four hours in the company of this lady and her story unravelled bit by bit. It is pure fantasy. If you find her entry on the BBC website she says she was in Burma when on other sites she claims she was in Singapore at exactly the same time. She us not “Lady”, she has not been awarded the George Cross, she does not have the Freedom of the City of London and she did not serve during WW2 as she was too young.

      • Jaide Selby says:

        Yeah like 12 years old

      • Yasmin says:

        God someone with sence at last! Your right in everything but the fact she idise have the title of lady. All brought and paid for from the exchange and mart lol some foot by foot land in Scotland so she’s a land owner to. Sadly I am her only child. Please feel free to contact me I could tell you mpuntain

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