• Hilda Frances Chenery

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Birth

    Albury NSW 2640, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • CHENERY, Hilda Frances - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 9 May 2015

    Born 12/4/1890 ‘Verity,’ Albury, NSW, daughter of John Charles CHENERY & Frances Louise (Fanny Louisa) WATSON, of ‘Verity’, Olive St, Albury John & Frances married at Albury in 1887. John, who had been born in Mansfield, Vic, was the son of Alfred Chenery of Delatite Station, Mansfield. He had been Mayor of Albury in 1901, and was the manager of the Albury branch of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Co. He died of pneumonia on the 27/10/1916, age 62, Albury. Frances still living at ‘Verity’ in 1941 – died in Albury 3/11/1956, age 88 Siblings: Alma Blanche M. b.8/8/1888 ‘Verity,’ Albury – marr H.S. SHANNON 1912; Ernest John b.10/2/1892 Albury – WW1: Major, 1st Div Arty, MC, MID, Italian Silver Medal – also WW2; Olive May – marr C.H. GRIFFITHS 1913; Arthur George b.12/2/1900 Albury (WW2); Nell M. b.1902 Albury; Estelle M. b.1904 Albury; Religion: Church of England – received confirmation in St Matthew’s Church, Albury in April 1906 – listed on the St Matthew’s War Memorial (along with Sisters Barkley, Collins & Drummond) Educated at Glenair Ladies’ College, Albury Winner of many art prizes in her youth Trained as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, completing her final exam with the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association in November 1914 WW1: Enlisted 11/7/1917. Embarked Sydney 31/8/1917 on the A18 Wiltshire (with Florence Rail, Jessie Gemmell & Elizabeth Condon) – disembarked Suez 5/10/1917. Arrived for duty Ras-el-Tin Military Hospital, Alexandria 7/10/1917 One of the patients she nursed was a British Army Officer, Capt C.J.F.W. Daniels of the 6th East Surrey Regiment, who was attached to the Ghurka Rifles, Indian Army She married Captain Charles James Frank Walter DANIELS on the 1/3/1918 first at the British Consulate, and again at St Mark’s Church, Alexandria – given away by Matron Jessie Gemmell, with Staff Nurse Florence Rail acting as her bridesmaid Her appointment was terminated on marriage Their honeymoon was spent at Luxor Later in 1918 Hilda was living in India while Charles was stationed there Living at mother’s place ‘Verity’, Albury, in October 1919 Applied for Official Discharge Papers in order to purchase a block of land – 2nd MD (NSW) in Jan 1920 Children (2): Diana Mary b.5/1/1920 Meramie Private Hospital, Albury & Judith Louise b.31/10/1921 Meramie Private Hospital, Albury – marr J.L. DAISH (ex POW) 1946 Living Kallara, Wodonga, Vic in 1922 where Charles was farming In 1928 Charles was listed as the Secretary at the Peninsula Country Golf Club in Frankston, Vic The couple were living at “Langi”, Mornington Rd, Frankston in 1930 (Charles – Secretary) – until Charles’ death in April 1939 – in October that year Hilda is noted as living at ‘White Lodge’, Frankston By 1942 she is again at Langi (now Pt Nepean Rd) Frankston – where she held Red Cross fund-raisers during WW2 Then in 1954 she was living at Bruarong Ave, Frankston – also calling her home Langi She applied for Repatriation Benefits in 1959 In 1968 she was at Bambra St, Mt Eliza Charles was born in Middlesex in 1891, and died at Frankston, Vic in April 1939, age 47. He was cremated at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery on the 22/4/1939 and his ashes scattered. (parents: Alfred DANIELS & Mary ANDERSON of Richmond, Surrey). Hilda died at Seaford, Vic in March 1975, age 84, and was cremated at Springvale Botanical Cemetery on the 11th March. Her ashes were also scattered in the cemetery. From The Kia Ora Coo-ee, May 1918: “The wedding of Captain Charles J.F.W. Daniels, Indian Army (3rd O.A.O. Ghurka Rifles), eldest son of the late Alfred Daniels, Richmond, Surrey, England, and Miss Hylda Frances Chinery, A.A.N.S., second daughter of the late John Charles Chinery, Albury, New South Wales, was celebrated on March 1st last, at the British Consulate, and afterwards at St Mark’s, Alexandria, by the Rev B. Foster, C.F. The bride, who was given away by Miss Gemmel (Matron), A.A.N.S., looked very charming in a smart coat and skirt of champagne silk, with hat to match. The Bridesmaid was Miss Rail, A.A.N.S., who wore uniform. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a diamond and pearl cluster ring. Lieut. Lattery, Indian Army, was best man. The only guests present were Miss Wilson, Matron of the Officer’s Hospital, Ras-el-Tin, and Miss Condon, A.A.N.S. After the ceremony, the happy couple left for Luxor, where the honeymoon was spent.” The Times, Fri Mar 8, 1918 DANIELS: CHENERY – On the 1st March, at St Mark’s, Alexandria, by the Rev Captain Foster, C.F., CAPTAIN CHARLES J. DANIELS, L.A., eldest son of the late Alfred Daniels, Esq, of Richmond, Surrey, and Mrs Daniels, to HYLDA, second daughter of the late JOHN CHENERY, Esq and Mrs Chenery, of Albury, NSW, Australia. Australian papers, please copy. Graphic of Australia (Melb, Vic), Fri 3 May 1918 (p.9): GIRLS’ GOSSIP Still another military nurse is changing her vocation to follow the more flowery path of matrimony, the “cause” being, of course, a soldier – in this case a British officer. The nurse in question, Miss Hilda Chenery, is the second daughter of Mr and Mrs John Chenery, of Albury, and a niece of Mrs Percy Chirnside. Last October she left for Egypt with the Army Nursing Corps, and soon after she met her fate, Captain Daniells, who was a patient in her ward. Graphic of Australia (Melb, Vic), Fri 28 Jun 1918 (p.6): Miss Hylda Chenery, Mrs Jack Chenery’s second chick, who has been doing her war bit with the Australian Army Nurses’ Corps, in Pharaoh’s land, has doffed her cap and apron to tread the more flowery path of matrimony with an Indian Army officer, Captain Charles – etcetera – Daniels (about a dozen initials follow his first name). The two were made one twice over – once at the British Consulate, and again at St Mark’s Church, Alexandria. A brother officer, Lattery, supported the bridegroom, and an Australian Military Nursing pal, Miss Rail, was bridesmaid. The matron-in-Chief, Miss Gemmell, handed the bride over to the gallant Captain. The leading lady looked a dream it is said, in a champagne silk dress of the coat-and-skirt variety, with a hat of the same shade. There were only two guests at the knot-tieing, both Anzac Nurses. The Daniels-Chenery romance was a war one. The pair met in an Egyptian Hospital, he the wounded hero-patient; she the nurse-in-charge of his case. Weekly Times (Vic), Sat 28 Dec 1918 (p.39): At Various Places Mrs Charles Daniels, formerly Miss Hylda Chenery, well known in social circles here, is now living in India. Captain C Daniels’ regiment (6th East Surreys, at Bombay) being stationed there. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 17 Jan 1920 (p.13): BIRTHS DANIELS (nee Hilda Chenery) – On the 5th January, at “Meramie” private hospital, Albury, to Mr and Mrs C.J. Daniels – a daughter. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 19 Nov 1921 (p.13): BIRTHS DANIELS (nee Hylda Chenery) – On 31st October, at Meramie private hospital, Albury, the wife of Mr C.J. Daniels – a daughter . Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), Fri 23 Apr 1920 (p.28): SOCIAL TO RETURNED NURSING SISTERS A large number of citizens assembled at the Albury Town Hall on Monday evening to welcome home the returned nursing sisters who have been on active service, …….. It was unfortunate that only one of the nurses, Mrs Daniel (Nurse Hilda Chenery) was able to attend. Rev Canon Bevan, on behalf of the the citizens, formally welcomed Mrs Daniel, and feelingly referred to the work of the nurses at the front, and the fact that Nurse Chenery had settled here with her husband (Mr Daniel). ……………………… The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 27 Apr 1936 (p.13): Frankston Party A path winding downhill through rockeries and flower beds leads to Langi, the Frankston home of Mrs Charles Daniels, where she and Miss Ina Laidlaw gave a cocktail party to many friends last evening. ………………………………………… The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 24 Apr 1939 (p.2): OBITUARY CAPTAIN C.J. DANIELS The death occurred at Frankston on Friday of Captain C.J. Daniels. Born in Surrey, England, in 1892, he held a commission in the East Surrey Regiment, and was attached to the 3rd Ghurka Regiment, in which he served throughout the war in Egypt and India. He married Miss Hilda Frances Chenery, of Albury, and came to Australia shortly after the war. He was a member of the Australian and the Naval and Military clubs. He leaves a widow and two daughters – Misses Diana and Judith Daniels. The funeral took place at Springvale Cemetery on Saturday.