World War One Nurses

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Ballarat Trained World War One Nurses Honour Board, Ballarat Base Hospital, 2017.

Nurses

Candidates for appointment in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) had to:

  • have at least three years’ training in medical and surgical Nursing in a duly recognised hospital
  • be aged 21 to 45 years
  • be either single or a widow.[1]

The rank structure in the AANS consisted of Matron-in-Chief, Principal Matron, Matrons, Sister and Staff Nurses, with the later two rank holders being addressed as Sister.[2]

The AANS uniform was modeled on the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). The grey serge frocks swept the ground, and their bonnets tied with bows under the chin. Later the AANS uniform was modernised and in 1917, a tailor made grey coat and skirt with grey blouse was allowed with grey gloves and a grey waterproof for inclement weather. At this time a grey felt hat with chocolate swathing was also introduced. The working uniform was a grey zephyr dress and white aprons and a red cape. During the summer months a uniform of white with a white linen hat and regulation chocolate band was available. [3]

In addition to service chevrons and a Commonwealth badge, colour patches were used to further identify the Sisters. Those in Salonika area wore a red triangle, in India a yellow vertical rectangle was worn, and for those unalloted an orange circle; in each instance the patch was worn on a chocolate diamond. Rank badges of oxydized copper were worn on each shoulder as follows: Matron-in-Chief a crown, Matron or Principal Matron three stars (pips); Sisters two stars, and Staff Nurse one star.[4]

Nurses from the Ballarat Electorate

Leonora M. Allender

Margaret Anderson RRC

Sarah Bell

Gladys Charlotte Bennett

Mary Lawrence Bentley

Ethel May Bolton

Isabella Tait Borwick RRC

Annie Louisa Brawn

E. Brawn

E. Bridgeford

A. Brown

Marion Cameron

G. Bennett

Gertrude Bullock

M. Butler

Lilian Cannon

Hilda Cattanach

Emily Pauline Cherry

I. Cherry

Alice Elizabeth Cocking

D. Coundon

Isobel Kathleen Curnow

Ethel Isabel Davidson

Grace Maud Dickson

Anne Dunbar Dorrington

Ethel Rose Douglas

Tessa Guy Dunn

Ella M. Figgis

B. Fowler

Dorothea Furness

E. Giddings

Nurse Green

S. Gribble

Ethel Mary Anne Cocking

Laura Howarth

E. Hepworth

Bella Ion

W. Jeffreys

Isabella K. Jobson, born Clunes

Ruby Bertha Just

E. Keane

Louisa Keys, Daylesford

Mary Killeen

Emily Ethel May Knight

Gladys Muriel Larkan

Annie Beatrice Lee-Brown

Daisie Mary Llewellyn

Bernice Ella Lord

Lily Mackenzie RRC

Adeline Marks

Julia Elizabeth Marun

Jessie May Mathews

L. McDonald

L. McGregor

Annie McKinnon

Ruby McKinnon

Effie McLeod

R. Medwell

Sister Miller from Sebastopol

Stella Marie Morris

Letitia Gladwys Moreton

Mary Morrow

E.K Moyle

Gertrude Evelyn Munro Made the Supreme Sacrifice

Inez Elsie Peady

B. Peady

E. Poppelwell RRC

L. Poultney

Rachel Pratt

Matron Rose Quarterman RRC

E.M. Redman

Evelyn Maud Reid

J. Reeves

Ina Richards

Annie Florence Roberts RRC

Mary Elonie Rodger

Lulu Roger

Hetty Robinson, Clunes

Mary Alice Stella Semmens

Annie Serjeant

Muriel Matthew Slater

Geraldine Smithwick

Jean McFadyen

Effie McLeod

Edith Taylor

Mary Jane Thomas

B. Thompson

Lilian Rose Tyers

Florence Vines

Bertha Watson Wallace

P. Wardell

Annie Maynard Westcott

Lila Constance Whidburn

L.E. White

Blodwyn Elizabeth Williams Made the Supreme Sacrifice

E. Wilkins

Valerie Henrietta Zichy-Woinarski

External Links

https://timesnewsgroup.com.au/ballarat/news/nurses-recognised-on-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR0zXUDQVj_u8JcMv8fZi3FNxvnf0NZziABy__DY-dzTekdKRua3yu_11so

References

  1. Smith, Neil C., The Australian Army Nursing Service - A Short History with World War One Nominal Roll and Awards Citations.
  2. Smith, Neil C., The Australian Army Nursing Service - A Short History with World War One Nominal Roll and Awards Citations.
  3. Smith, Neil C., The Australian Army Nursing Service - A Short History with World War One Nominal Roll and Awards Citations.
  4. Smith, Neil C., The Australian Army Nursing Service - A Short History with World War One Nominal Roll and Awards Citations.
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