• Florence Beatrice Cook

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    • COOK, Florance Beatrice - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 13 May 2015

    Born 28/8/1890 in Albany, WA – daughter of John Collin Cooper COOK & Mary Ann ROWLANDS, who married 2/6/1884 at All Saint’s Church, Durham, England John, a former Train Driver with the Great Southern Railways, became Licensee of the Katanning Hotel 1895 & the Katanning Railway Refreshment Rooms in December 1897. He was then Proprietor of the Royal Exchange Hotel in 1899; Licensee of the Katanning Coffee Palace from June 1904 (an eating and boarding house); Licensee of the Federal Hotel, Katanning in mid-1905; selling up this business in Dec 1907 with intentions of working the land. He later took over as Licensee of the Moojebing Hotel 1914 – 1915 John died 29/5/1943 at his home in Cottesloe, WA, age 79 and Mary died 19/11/1954, age 89 – they are interred together in Karrakatta Cemetery Siblings (2): 1. Claude Lorraine Collin (Bob) b.1893 Albany – WW1: Dvr 161, 10th LH – d.7/2/1942 as the result of an accident (Buried Karrakatta) 2. Frederick Rowland b.1897 Katanning – WW1: L/Cpl 406, 28th Bn Religion: Church of England Trained as a nurse at the Perth Public Hospital WW1: Served Base Hospital, Fremantle for a few weeks prior to sailing Embarked at Fremantle 18/11/1915 on the A67 Orsova for Egypt Served with the 1st AGH, at No. 4 Auxiliary Hospital Married Captain Albert McLEOD, 16th Bn on the 3/3/1916 at the Garrison Chapel at Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt Both Beatrice & Albert are listed on the Katanning and Districts Honour Roll, as well as her 2 brothers Child: Only son Frederick Albert b.28/12/1916 Northam, WA (3 weeks after his father’s death) – WW2: RAAF, Flight Lieut, 93 Sqadron – served 1940 – 1946 (NOK Constance) Oct 1916 – Northam, WA Nov 1918 – Appointed Matron of Beverley Hospital, WA May 1919 – Public Hospital, Beverley, WA 1925 ER: - Nurse – Edward Millen Home, Victoria Park, WA 1931 ER: Nurse – Cottesloe Beach, WA 1936 ER: Nurse – Government Hospital, Wagin, WA 1937 ER: Matron – Government Hospital, Margaret River, WA Feb 1938: Temporary Matron of the Katanning Hospital May 1940 – Jan 1942: Matron of Katanning District Hospital 1943, 1949 ER: Cottesloe Beach, WA (Home Duties) Feb 1954 – West Perth 1954 ER: Matron – District Hospital, Busselton, WA Sept 1967 – Rose Park, SA Beatrice never remarried, and died on the 28/5/1986 SA, age 95 Cremated at Centennial Park General Cemetery, SA Albert McLEOD born 14/1/1891 Katanning, WA – son of George (retired Hotel Keeper) & Sarah (of Katanning, WA) George took over the Katanning Hotel in June 1899, which had previously been operated by John Cook Educated Christian Brothers College Pearler WW1: Captain, 16th Bn (Machine Gun Sect), AIF – enlisted 21/9/1914 – embarked Melbourne 22/12/1915 on the A40 Ceramic Wounded Gallipoli & France Died 5/12/1916 in a shooting accident whilst on leave at Glaisters Lodge, Dalbeattie, Scotland (see p.106 of his SR) http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/57983609 He had been awaiting a transport back to Australia to serve with the Instructional Staff in Melbourne Buried Corsock United Free Churchyard, Parton, UK A Memorial tablet was unveiled in St George’s Cathedral, Perth in Oct 1918 Great Southern Herald (Katanning, WA), Sat 12 Aug 1905 (p.3): PERSONAL PARS Among the successful candidates at the recent pianoforte examination held by the University of Adelaide in conjunction with the Associated Board was Miss Florence B. Cook, daughter of Mr J.C. Cook, of this town. Miss Cook was only studying for the examination a short while and is to be heartily congratulated on her success. Great Southern Herald (Katanning, WA), Sat 27 Jan 1912 (p.1): News in Brief Mr and Mrs J.C. Cook, accompanied by Miss Cook, returned to Katanning on Tuesday night after what they describe as a most enjoyable time in Europe. Great Southern Herald (Katanning, WA), Wed 21 Jul 1915 (p.2): NEWS and NOTES Katanning Nurses for the Front – On Monday evening there was a hastily arranged gathering of representative residents of Katanning to bid God-speed to Miss Lizzie Grover and Miss Beatrice Cook, who are starting almost immediately for hospital work amongst sick and wounded soldiers. Dr House had been asked to voice the good wishes of the people of town and district was unavoidably absent, and this duty fell to Rev. Father Reidy, and Mr R.L. Richardson. Each nurse was presented with a handsome travelling bag. Dancing followed, and supper completed a very interesting evening. The West Australian, Tue 7 Mar 1916 (p.3): SOCIAL NOTES The engagement is announced of Lieutenant A. McLeod, 16th MG Section, 4th Brigade, O.C., son of Mr and Mrs G. McLeod, Katanning, to Sister Florence Beatrice Cook, daughter of Mr and Mrs J.C. Cook, late of Katanning. Great Southern Herald (Katanning, WA), Wed 15 Mar 1916 (p.2): NEWS and NOTES Military Wedding – A marriage of interest to the people of this district took place at Cairo, Egypt, on Monday, March 6, when Lieut A. McLeod, jun., was married to Miss Florence Beatrice Cook, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J. C. Cook, late of Katanning. The numerous friends of the young couple in this district will wish them happiness and prosperity. The West Australian, Wed 5 Apr 1916 (p.7): Captain the Rev. Edward Makeham, chaplain in the Third Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt reports that, with the special permission of the General Officer Commanding, he has solemnized the following marriages in the Garrison Chapel at Abbassia, and the particulars have been entered in the marriage register of the chapel mentioned and forwarded to the office of the Registrar-General, Somerset House, England: - On January 18, 1916, Errol Wharton Kirke, Captain 18th Battalion, AIF, of Melbourne, public servant, to Miss Gwyneth Llewellyn Holland; on February 24, 1916, Carlton Eversleigh Cowper, Corporal AAMC, AIF, of Perth, to Miss Grace Croisdale Kirk, nurse; and on March 3, 1916, Albert McLeod, Lieutenant 16th Battalion, AIF, of Katanning, to Miss Florence Beatrice Cook, sister, No. 4 Auxiliary Hospital. Great Southern Heral (Katanning, WA), Sat 30 Dec 1916 (p.2): NEWS and NOTES Death of Captain Albert McLeod – Mrs F.B. McLeod, of Charles-street, Northam, has received the confirmation from the military authorities of the death of her husband (Captain Albert McLeod, 16th Battalion), who was accidentally killed as the result of a gun accident whilst shooting at Glenister Lodge, Cossock, Dalbeattie, Scotland. Captian McLeod was to have sailed a few days later for Australia on six months leave of absence. South Australian papers please copy. Western Mail (Perth, WA), Fri 12 Jan 1917 (p.31): BIRTHS McLEOD – On December 28, at her mother’s residence, Charles-street, Northam, to Mrs A. McLeod, wife of the late Captain Albert McLeod (16th Battalion, A.I.F.) – a son. Northam Courier (WA), Fri 22 Nov 1918 (p.5): LOCAL AND GENERAL Mrs A. McLeod, of Northam, wife of the late Captain McLeod, who was accidentally shot in Scotland about two years ago, has been appointed matron of the Beverley Hospital. Mrs McLeod, who leaves for Beverley this morning, served with the A.A.N.S. in Egypt during 1915-16. All will wish her and her bonny little son future health and prosperity. Great Southern Heral (Katanning, WA), Sat 12 Feb 1938 (p.2): SOCIAL and PERSONAL Matron McLeod, who will take charge of the Katanning Hospital during the absence of Miss Milne-Robertson, has a life-long association with Katanning. As Beatrice Cook she will still be remembered by many of those with whom she went to school in Katanning, her parents then being in business in the town. Later, she married Albert McLeod, eldest son of the late George McLeod, who died in Scotland whilst on active service. On being widowed, she took up nursing and since rising to the status of matron has been in charge at Lake Grace and Wagin, amongst other Government hospitals. Great Southern Heral (Katanning, WA), Wed 15 May 1940 (p.2): SOCIAL AND PERSONAL The Hon. Minister for Justice has appointed Mrs Florence Beatrice McLeod, Matron of the Katanning District Hospital, as a Commissioner for Declarations under the Declarations and Attestations Act, 1913. Great Southern Heral (Katanning, WA), Wed 4 Feb 1942 (p.2): SOCIAL AND PERSONAL Mrs Beatrice McLeod has resigned from the position of matron at the Katanning Hospital, and left for Perth during the week-end. Notes: Her birth is reg as Florance with an ‘a’ – she also writes her name like this in correspondence in her husband’s file – but signs herself F. Beatrice McLeod The West Australian, Mon 25 Jan 1897 (p.4): SUMMARY OF NEWS A disastrous fire occurred on Saturday night at Katanning, when Mr Cook’s Katanning Hotel was completely demolished. Mr and Mrs Cook and family, with the lodgers narrowly escaped with their lives, and one child, an infant of a servant of the family, was burned to death. The premises, which belonged to Messrs F and C Piesse, were insured, but the stock and furniture represent a total loss. More detail of the fire (p.24): http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32318377/4111003 1899 from Katanning Hotel to Exchange Hotel: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/69912073 1905 Katanning Coffee Palace: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146199493 1907 sold Federal Hotel with intentions of going on the land: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146204446 1908 Sulky accident – Beatrice & her mother: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/25717441 1934 Photo of John & Mary on their Golden Wedding Anniversary: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/37710977 1937 Frederick – Station master, Katanning – also mention of John’s past: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147383975 Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 8 Feb 1942 (p.4): DEATH COOK – On February 7, 1942 (as result of accident), Claude (Bob) Cook, loving father of Lyal, fond son of Mr and Mrs J.C. Cook, brother of Beatrice (Mrs McLeod) and Fred, fiancé of Ruby Lee-Brown. The West Australian, Mon 31 May 1943 (p.1): DEATHS COOK – On May 29, at his late residence, 19 Broome-street, Cottesloe, John Colin C. Cook, the dearly loved husband of Mrs Mary Ann Cook, loved father of Beatrice (Mrs McLeod), Claude (deceased) and Frederick; aged 79 years. Mizpah. To be privately cremated in the Crematorium, Karrakatta, by Messrs Watkins and and Sons, Maylands.