• Frances Margery Chennell

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Birth

    Adelaide CBD, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

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    • CHENNELL, Frances Margery - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 9 May 2015

    Born the 26/8/1891 in Nth Adelaide, SA – daughter of John Augustus CHENNELL and Bessie Young KEKWICK – John and Bessie married the 21/12/1887 at St Agnes Church, The Grange, Pt Adelaide – John died 30/12/1898 Adelaide, age 46 Bessie (age 43) married Henry FERGUSON the 5/2/1910 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Adelaide Siblings: Bessie b.&d.13/12/1888 Nth Adelaide; Kenneth Payne b.16/1/1890 Nth Adelaide – d.19/2/1893, age 3 Religion: Baptist Educated at St Scholastica’s College, Mount Barker, SA Trained in nursing at Sydney Hospital, passing her final exam with the Australasian Trained Nurses’ Association in September 1915 WW1: Enlisted Sydney 2/12/1917 and embarked on the No.2 HS Kanonwa 21/3/1917 – arriving Suez 1/5/17 TOS with the 14th AGH, Abbassia 2/5/17 – transferred to 27th Gen Hosp, Abbassia 11/7/17 – rejoined 14th AGH 17/9/17 – transferred to A.D.M.S. Cairo 21/5/18 – embarked at Alexandria on the Indarra for Marseilles – disembarked 26/5/18 Disembarked Southampton from France 7/6/18 and attached to 1st AAH Harefield for duty Sick to Southwell Gardens Hosp 19/6/18 – 2/7/18 – rejoined 1st AAH 3/7/18 – until discharged because of marriage 25/7/18 Married Captain Donald Ian Robertson SMITH, AAMC, on the 25/7/1918 at the Parish Church in Harefield, England [They had both worked at Sydney Hospital before Donald enlisted and wouldn’t have seen each other again until just before their marriage] Returned together on the HT Katoomba 8/8/1919. (no mention of child) Children (3): 1. Donald Brian Chennell b.1/5/1919 London – WW2, RAN 1941-1958 (NOK wife Shirley Valmae?) (Nancy?) – address on discharge Chennell House, St George’s Tce, Perth Articled Law Clerk Died 14/2/1985 Greenmount, WA, age 65 and cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery [no birth reg found England and no mention of child with them on the Katoomba?] 2. Malcolm Chennell b.1/6/1922 Perth – WW2, RAN 1942-1946 3. Robin Chennell b.1926 Perth – married Dwyer NEVILLE 13/8/1949 at St Mary’s Church, West Perth – died 5/11/2007 Ellenbrook, WA, age 81 and cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery Resided Perth from 1919 on: 72 King’s Park Rd, West Perth – 1925, 1931, 1936 (Frances listed as Margery Chennell Smith) Donald gives address in 1927 as Merthyr House, St George’s Terrace, W Perth In 1930 Donald had a new 5 storey building erected in St George’s Terrace which was to be used as modern medical chambers, and named Chennell House St George’s Terrace, West Perth 1943 (Frances listed as Frances Margery Donald Smith) Donald Brian (labourer) at 72 King’s Park Rd, West Perth 1943 (also still a listing for Margery Chennell Smith here?) Frances Margery listed at 43 Hensman Rd, Subiaco 1949 and 74 Thomas St, West Perth 1954 (with Donald Brian Chennell Smith) Frances Margery died 13/1/1969 West Perth, age 77 and was cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery Donald Ian Robertson SMITH – Capt, AAMC Born 1/3/1892 Nth Sydney – son of Major Donald SMITH and Jessie FELL – who married in 1891 at St Leonards, NSW – (McLaren St, Nth Sydney) Siblings all born St Leonards: Noel Watson b.1896 (Chemist) – Gnr 5266 / Lieut, 1st FAB 1915-1918; Eric Alfred Fell b.30/11/1897 (reg 1898) (Dental student) – Gnr 28049 FAB / Lieut 1916-1919 – WW2 enl Vic (NOK Leah); James F.C b.1903; Struan Mackinlay b.1907 – d.1975 NSW; Educated: Nth Sydney Grammar School; Syndey University 1 year 3rd Bn Snr Cadets 1908 / 2 years in Sydney Uni Scouts 1910-11 / 3years 27th Bn, Snr Cadets 1912-14 - Lieut Senior RMO and Radiographer at Sydney Hospital 1915 Enlisted 1/3/1916 No.4 AGH Randwick 17/4/16 – 24/8/16 Embarked at Sydney on the A68 Anchises 24/8/1916 – arrived Plymouth 11/10/16 Proceeded O/S for France 3/11/16 TOS 2nd AGH, Wimereux 5/11/16 Enteric fever (Typhoid) – Adm No.14 Gen Hosp, Boulogne6/6/17 – tsfd 14th Stat Hosp 13/6/17 – to England 2/7/17 and adm 3rd Lond Gen Hsp – disch to duty 3/9/17 Att (temp) to 2nd AAH, Southall 6/9/17 – proc O/S to France 12/9/17 & TOS with 2nd AGH, Wimereux (Radiographer during this time) Proc to 4th Aus Div for duty 8/1/18 – TOS with 4th Fld Amb 12/1/18 – posted to 4th MG Bn 11/3/18 UK leave 16/7/18 – 11/8/18 (to be married) Proc to CCS for duty 7/12/18 – M/I to 3rd CCS 9/12/18 – M/O to 3rd AGH Abbeville 1/1/19 – TOS 3/1/19 UK leave 15/1/19 – Ret to England for duty 3/3/19 – Att 3rd AAH, Dartford 6/3/19 – Att 2nd AAH, Southall 17/3/19 – ret to 3rd AAH 8/5/19 Granted leave for Non Mil Empl 14/5/19 – 14/8/19 (cancelled as from 31/7/19 and awaiting RTA) Appointment terminated 14/11/19 (2nd MD) [Duplicate set of medals were issued in 1927 – after he applied for them, only to find they’d been sent to an address in NSW in 1923 that wasn’t his, and had never been returned] Donald died of a heart attack on the 3/1/1947 at his residence Chennell House, Perth, age 55 – he was cremated 6/1/47 at Karrakatta Cemetery From The Kia Ora Coo-ee, June 1918: “Sister F.M. Chennell, A.A.N.S., (14th AGH), has embarked for England, where, it is understood, she is to be married to an Australian Medical Officer. The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 14 Oct 1918 (p.4): WEDDING On July 25 last a wedding was celebrated at the picturesque parish church, Harefield, England, the bride being Sister Margery Chennell, AMC, late of Sydney Hospital, only daughter of the late J.A. Chennell, Adelaide, and Mrs Harry Ferguson, North Sydney, and the bridegroom Captain Donald Ian Robertson Smith, AMC, AIF, eldest son of Major and Mrs Donald Smith, North Sydney. The bride has been on active service in Egypt, and was recently transferred to Harefield Hospital, England. The bridegroom has been on active service in France for two years past. Mr David Fell (uncle of the bridegroom) gave the bride away. Captain Fred Forster (Army Dental Corps) acted as best man. Matron Carpenter, AMC, late Wimmereux Hospital, France, entertained the guests, numbering over a hundred staff nurses and patients, at afternoon tea. The honeymoon was spent in Scotland. The bridegroom having returned to duty at the front the bride has made her home with Mrs Critchley, Queensland, Bielericay, Essex, England. The West Australian, Mon 6 Jan 1947: DEATHS SMITH – On January 3, 1947, suddenly at Perth, Donald Ian Robertson, dearly loved husband of Margery and loved father of Brian, Malcolm and Robin. FUNERAL NOTICES SMITH – The Friends of the late Dr Donald Smith of Chennell House, 260 St George’s-terrace, Perth, are respectfully informed that a Presbyterian Service will be held in the Crematorium Chapel, Karrakatta, at 4.30 o’clock THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON. The Cortege will move from our Chapel, Hay-street, Perth, at 4.10 o’clock. Donald J Chipper & Son. X-RAY PIONEER Death of Dr Donald Smith Dr Donald Smith, a pioneer in radiological work in this State, died at his residence at Chennell House, St George’s-terrace, Perth, at midnight on Friday as the result of a heart attack. He practiced up to the time of his death although he had been in indifferent health for several years. His remains will be cremated today. He is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter. The late Dr Smith was born in Sydney in 1892 and received his early education at the North Sydney Grammar School. In 1908 he attended the Medical School at the Sydney University, graduating at the age of 21. After a period as assistant superintendent at the Sydney Hospital he joined the A.A.M.C. in 1915 with the rank of captain. He served in France and later England, where he gained extensive radiological experience. He married Frances Margery Chennell, an Australian nursing sister, in London in 1918 and returned to Australia later that year, spending a short time in Sydney before taking up residence in Perth, where he established the first qualified radiological practice in this State. In 1930 he lost a leg largely as a result of his pioneer radiological work. He had been the president and treasurer of the British Medical Association in this State. He was interested in musical comedy production and was chorus master and later principal comedian for the Concert Artists’ Society of W.A. On one occasion he was approached by Sir Benjamin Fuller with a view to his appearance in musical comedy in a professional capacity. This offer was declined.