• Dorothy Emma Crawley

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

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    • CRAWLEY, Dorothy Emma - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 21 May 2015

    Born (Emma) 23/4/1877 Warrnambool, Vic – daughter of John William August Frederick CRAWLEY & Sarah Ann MAXWELL, who married in Vic in 1856 John, a Civil Engineer, and for about 20 years, the Warrnambool Shire Engineer, died 6/7/1903 ‘Balmoral’ Howard St, Warrnambool, age 73, and Sarah died 3/12/1909 Warrnambool, age 71 Siblings: Annie Martha b.1857 – d.1943; Alice Hannah Agnes b.1859 – marr LINDSAY – d.1932; Catherine D.D. b.c1861 – marr MACK – d.1927, age 66; Hugh b.1863 – d.1942; James Maxwell b.1865 – d.1944; John William b.1866 (Warrnambool Shire Engineer after his father) – d.21/6/1935, age 68; Lorenzo b.1868 (Warrnambool Shire Secretary 1914, 1918) – d.1947; Edith Maud b.c1870 – d.1938, age 68; Violet Mabel b.1872 – marr SOUTH – d.1951; Agnes Mary b.1873; Charlotte Jeane b.1879 – d.12/9/1949 Malvern East Trained in nursing at the Alfred Hospital and passed her final exam with the Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association in Dec 1909 1914: Boardinghouse keeper - Belgrave WW1: Enlisted 7/11/1915 – served at Seymour Embarked Melbourne 6/12/1916 on the A67 Orsova – disembarked Plymouth 17/2/1917 Proceeded O/S to France 28/2/1917 & posted to 10 Stationary Hosp 2/3/17 – transferred to 25th GH 8/7/17, reporting 11/7/17 To England on Leave 19/12/17 – 3/1/18 Returned to 10 Stat Hosp 13/5/18 Posted to 1 ACCS 21/5/18 UK Leave 27/7/1918 – retained in England due to notification of marriage 10/8/1918 Married (secretly) 2nd Lieut Charles Maxwell BOWDEN, 6th MG Coy / 22nd Bn in Dec 1917 in Romford, England (whilst on leave) Charles made out his Will on the 23/12/1917 – to Dorothy E Crawley, AANS, No. 25 Gen Hosp, BEF, France Dorothy only declared the marriage after Charles was KIA in 1918 – appointment terminated 10/8/1918 1920, 1925: The Bungalow, Bayview Rd, Belgrave 1931: Matron – Fairhaven, Alphington 1937: Home duties – 9 Sargood St, Toorak 1943, 1949: Hd – 4 Alma Rd, Camberwell 1954: 8 Gillman St, Auburn 1958: 9 Elgin Ave, Armadale Died 29/9/1962 at Heidelberg, age 85 Cremated 2/10/1962 at the Springvale Cemetery and her ashes interred in the Cassia Wall Niche, C 58 [photo of plaque can be found on-line] Charles Maxwell BOWDEN Born Oct-Dec Qtr 1875 Birkdale, (Ormskirk, Lancashire) England – son of Agnes (Mrs L.M) – Liverpool, England Grazier – 1903: Strath Creek, Flowerdale, Vic / 1909, 1914: Warburton, Vic WW1: 2nd Lieut / 1785, 22nd Bn, 6th MG Coy Embarked Melbourne 16/7/1915 on the A64 Demosthenes (as a Pte with the 2nd Reinf of the 22nd Bn) – for Egypt Embarked on the Southland 29/8/15 to join the MEF at Gallipoli One of the volunteers that helped bring the Southland into port at Lemnos, after she was torpedoed en route on the 2/9/1915 Returned to Egypt 7/1/1916 – TOS with the 6th MG Coy 9/3/16 Proceeded to join the BEF 19/3/16 – disembarked Marseilles 24/3/16 Attended MG Course at Grantham, England from 19/12/17 – 19/3/18 Returned to France 5/4/18 – rejoined the 22nd Bn 28/4/18 KIA 19/5/1918 France Commemorated on the VB Memorial Warrnambool Standard (Vic), Tue 17 Apr 1917 (p.4): PERSONAL Mr L. Crawley received a postcard yesterday from his sister, Nurse D.E. Crawley, who is on active service in France, showing one of the British tanks going through a German barrage. The huge machine appears to be moving unscathed over barbed wire entanglements and shell craters in the midst of a storm of shot and shell. Nurse Crawley mentions that a cup of coffee in France costs 4/6, and concludes: “Send everyone to help. It’s an awful struggle. My blankets which I take along with me are branded ‘Warrnambool Woollen Mill’ – a good omen.” Warrnambool Standard (Vic), Sat 31 Aug 1918 (p.8): WOMAN’S MISCELLANY Miss Dorothy Crawley, second youngest daughter of the late Shire Engineer, and sister of the present one, Mr J.W. Crawley, is doing valiant clinical service in Hospitals in France, close up behind the firing line. This brave little girl is reckless of her own safety in her great zeal to help, as was proved in that before leaving Australia she was one of the few nurses who volunteered to attend on the meningitis cases in the Military Hospital. How sincerely we hope that Providence will protect her, and that her courage will be rewarded.