• Dorothea Mary Agnes Burkitt

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Sydney, NSW, Australia

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    • BURKITT, Dorothea Mary Agnes – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 4 June 2018

    Born on the 10th of April 1888 at Neutral Bay, Sydney – the daughter of Walter Marcus Holmes BURKITT and Angelina Mary (Pips) KNIGHT, who married in Christ Church, Sydney on the 30/7/1887 Walter, a Civil Servant with the Department of Labour and Industry; died at their home in Strathfield on the 20/7/1931, aged 69. Angelina also died at home in Strathfield on the 14/12/1934 Siblings (7): 1. Herbert William b.1889 Central Cumberland – 2nd Cpl 7106, 3rd FCE – married Margery GREEN 1/9/1919 All Saints Church, Bath, Somerset 2. Walter Emra Kingscote b.12/4/1891 Parramatta – WW1 Chaplain 12991, 1915-19 – WW2 1942-25/2/1947 (Capt, Hosp Ship – NOK John) – d.1947 Hornsby 3. Arthur E. b.1893 Parramatta – d.1899 Newcastle; 4. Jessie C. b.1896 Parramatta; 5. Marjory W. b.1900 Newcastle, 6. Marcus Edward Helmore b.1903 Wickham –d.1974 NSW; 7. Marion E.D. b.&d.1904 Wickham Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW WW1: Enlisted for overseas service 12/6/1915 Embarked 14/7/1915 on the A67 Orsova to join for duty with the No.1 Hospital Ship Karoola Returned to Australia on the HS Karoola on duty 4/12/1915, re-embarking 6/3/1916 Transferred to the Egyptian Hospital, Egypt 15/4/1916 Embarked Alexandria as a passenger to England per HS Kanowna 13/8/1916 Arrived England and attached to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall (from 1st AGH) 26/8/1916 Detailed for duty at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Whalley 7/9/1916 Resigned from service in order to marry 16/9/1916 Married Norman Maxwell GIBSON (Lt Col AAMC) on the 16th of September 1916 in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Southall, Uxbridge, England – by Vicar Henry Mills [Dorothea’s brother Herbert was one of the Witnesses to their marriage] They returned to Australia together with their son Norman on the Euripides 3/9/1919 Children (4): 1. Norman Walter Burkitt b.17/6/1917 Salisbury, England – Traveller – WW2 3. Richard Maxwell b.21/12/1921 Strathfield, NSW – also a Doctor, served WW2 – married Alison Ruth McFARLANE 28/12/1945 (reg.1946) Sydney ADB entry: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gibson-richard-maxwell-dick-10300 4. Arthur John b.28/12/1922 Strathfield, NSW – WW2 Address in 1924, 1943: “Woodford”, Wakeford Rd, Strathfield, NSW Address 1949, 1958: 11 Stacey St, Cronulla, NSW Applied for Repat 1959 Died on the 30th of August 1961, NSW, aged 73 (late of Cronulla) Cremated Rookwood Crematorium 31/8/1961 Norman Maxwell GIBSON (OBE) Born 22/7/1888 Bundaberg, Qld – son of James Maxwell and Isabel. WW1: Lt Col, AAMC Medical officer in charge of the Dermatological Hospital at Bulford 1919 Norman also served WW2 Died 8/9/1964 St Leonards, NSW The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 22 Mar 1916 (p.5): FROM NEAR AND FAR On one of the transports that arrived in Sydney recently with sick and wounded from Egypt were Matron Cooper and Sisters Burkitt, Colless, Clouston, Lewis, Lyne, Mathews, Murray, Roberts, and Trayburn, several of these being Royal Prince Alfed Hospital trainees. Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW), Fri 22 Dec 1916 (p.7): AN IDLE WOMAN’S DIARY SYDNEY, December 20 A nurse – Miss Dorothy Burkitt – and doctor – Dr Norman Gibson – were the principals in a recent war wedding that took place in London. Both were on the staff of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Nurse Burkitt went to do her bit when war broke out, and later Dr Gibson followed. A proposal and marriage resulted on the other side. National Leader (Brisbane, Qld), Fri 19 Jan 1917 (p.5): From Near and Far In London recently the marriage took place of Dr Norman Gibson, son of the late Mr James Gibson, of Bingall Plantation, Bundaberg, and Nurse Dorothy Burton [sic], a former Sydney girl, who has been on the staff of the Australian military hospital at Wandsworth. The bride wore a nurse’s uniform of blue [sic], with the scarlet cape of the Red Cross, and the party were afterwards entertained by the matron at the hospital, the nurses and orderlies forming a guard of honor on the arrival of the bride and bridegroom. Dr Gibson is now with the A.M.C. in France. The Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW), Sat 23 Aug 1919 (p.5): LOCAL NEWS Mr W. Burkitt, of the Department of Labour and Industry (for many years resident in Newcastle) has received news that his son-in-law, Lieutenant-colonel Norman Gibson, who is medical officer in charge of the Dermatological Hospital, at Bulford, has been decorated with the Order of the British Empire. All the eligible members of the Burkitt family served in the late war. Staff-Nurse Burkitt (now Mrs Gibson) being the first to go, and, owing to her husband’s duties in England, will probably be the last to return. The Rev W.E. Burkitt, C.F., who enlisted from St Paul’s Church, West Maitland, is returning on the Canberra, and Corporal H.W. Burkitt only remains long enough to complete a fresh link with the old country by marrying an English bride. Three of Mr Burkitt’s brothers have returned, viz., Major E.H., Lieutenant L.J. (R.N.R.), and Sergeant-Major C.T. (M.M.). Another brother, Rev C.E. Burkitt, C.F., is still on duty with the British forces in Germany. The Sydney Morning Herald, Thur 20 Dec 1934: DEATHS BURKITT – December 14, at her residence, Yandilla, 25 Gelling-avenue, Strathfield, Angelina Mary, relict of the late W.M.H. Burkitt and beloved mother of Dorothea, Herbert, Emra, Jessie, Marjory, and Marcus. Privately cremated at Rookwood. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 26 Apr 1938 (p.15): WAR SISTERS A little group of war sisters chatting near the dais in the Domain yesterday contained women with service on all the fronts. Sister (“Splinter”) Holmes, of Manly, was in Egypt, and Sister E. Gale, who had come down from Nyngan, was aslo an Egyptian “veteran,” as she laughingly said. Mrs Norman Gibson, of Strathfield, served in Egypt and on the hospital ship Karoola. “I was Sister Burkitt in those days,” she added. Mrs J.B. McKenzie, as Sister Bailey, saw service in both Egypt and France, and Sister Major, of Orange, was at Salonika. The Sydney Morning Herald, Thur Aug 31, 1961 (p.20) DEATHS GIBSON, Dorothea Mary Agnes – Loved elder daughter of the late Walter and Mary Burkitt and loved sister of Herbert (deceased), Emra (deceased), Jessie, and Marjory (Mrs T.A. Peberdy), and Marcus. FUNERALS GIBSON – The Relatives and Friends of the late DOROTHEA MARY AGNES GIBSON, of 11 Stacey Street, Cronulla, are invited to attend her Funeral to leave St Ann’s Church of England Church, Homebush Road, Strathfield, after a service commencing at 2.30 p.m. Today, for the Crematorium Rookwood. Floral tributes to the church. GIBSON – Returned Navy, Army and AIF Force Sisters Sub Branch R.S.S. and A.I.L.A., officers and members of the above branch are invited to attend the Funeral of the late DOROTHEA MARY AGNES GIBSON (late Nursing Sister, A.I.F.). For further particulars see family notice.