• Group Photograph: Australians at Richmond Military Hospital, Surrey

The group comprises Staff Nurses Roper, Garnsey, N. Mitts, M. Witts (all of Sydney), and Sprent (Tasmania), Sergt. Cuff (5th Batt.), Privates Cooper, Sweeney (15th Batt.), Dell (14th), Freeman (13th), Hoolahan (15th) and Smead (5th). The soldiers were invalided from Anzac. The hospital, which is situated in Grove road, Richmond, was originally the shooting-box of George 111., and was given by him for the use of the poor of Richmond. It has now been taken over by the British War Office and is fast being made an up to date military hospital. The nurses are some of those who went to England direct from Australia to do military nursing. Letters from sick and wounded soldiers tell of the kindness and consideration shown them by the English nurses; but, as one of the soldiers puts it; “The Australian girls understand us better, realising that we are not just machines, and naturally we prefer to be looked after by our own nurses.” Sydney Mail Wednesday 24 May, 1916. Note: Private Sweeney may possibly be 350 Edward Daniel Sweeney, who was admitted to King George’s Hospital in Stamford Street, London, on 3 September 1915. He sailed from England for Australia on 19 January 1916. Blacksmith...
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