• Clarice Jessie Daley

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Staff Nurse

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  • Victory Medal
  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • British War Medal
  • Birth

    Box Hill, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Monday, 10 May 1915

  • Embarkation - Oxfordshire

    Moudros, Lemnos, Greece
    Thursday, 27 January 1916

  • Discharged

    Thursday, 16 March 1916

Stories and comments
    • DALEY, Clarice Jessie – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    Clarice was born in 1889 at Box Hill, Vic – daughter of John Robert DALEY & Jessie Elizabeth SIM, who married at Sandhurst in 1885 Addresses: Box Hill / “Turriff” Carpenter St, Bendigo (until 1909) / “Turriff” Beach Ave, (61 Ormond Esplanade) Elwood, John, a Contractor & Builder / Investor, died in 1937 at Elwood, age 75 Jessie died 28/7/1949 Elwood, age 88 Siblings (born Box Hill): Arthur John b.&d.1886 (14w); Claude Robert b.1892 Siblings (born Bendigo): Ruby Alice b.1895; John Leslie b.1897 – enlisted as Leslie John, Dvr 28342 10th FAB, 25/5/16 – 6/5/1919 – d.1971 Elwood; Albert Edward b.1899 – d.1902 (2); George Sim b.1903 Educated at St Mary’s College, Convent of Mercy, Bendigo Trained Melbourne Hospital (3 yrs) WW1: Enlisted in the AANS on the 5/5/1915 and embarked 18/5/15 on RMS Mooltan with the 3rd AGH for England After 3 weeks in London, it was decided to send the 3rd AGH to Lemnos Island rather than France, and they boarded a transport which deposited them in Egypt. From Egypt they travelled on the HS Dunluce Castle to Lemnos, arriving in Mudros Harbour on the 5th August. They were then transferred to the Simla the following day, before going ashore on the 8th. Married Ernest Alfred LAWRENCE, 1st LH Bde on the 21/10/1915 at the Church Camp, Mudros on the Isle of Lemnos Embarked at Mudros on Oxfordshire – disembarked Alexandria 27/1/16 She returned to Australia on Nursing Duties on the Nestor, which left Suez 9/2/1916 and arrived Melbourne 13/3/1916. Discharged 31/7/1916 Melb Children (4): Peggy b.1919; Jack Daley b.2/12/1920 Elwood – WW2 (donated parents wedding photos to the AWM); Robert Ernest b.13/6/1924 – WW2: Capt; Joan Leslie Resident: Docker St, Elwood Died on the 2nd May 1944 at Elwood, age 54 Buried with Ernest at the St Kilda Cemetery on the 3rd May (other denominations, Comp G, Grave 32) Ernest Alfred LAWRENCE Born in 1886 at Horsham – son of Frederick James LAWRENCE (b. England) & Sophia COMFORT (b. Goulburn) – who married in Vic in 1881 Siblings: Born Horsham: Sophia Mary b.&d.1882 (6m); Frederick James b.1883 – Cpl 539, 6th Bn - AAPC; William Henry b.1884. Albert Claude b.1890 Essendon; Sarah Eveline b.&d.1890 (2m); Joseph b.1892 Br Tn – Pte 344, 14th Bn; James Leslie b.1895 Bendigo – Pte 3428, 46th Bn – AAOC. Enlisted 18/8/1914 at Broadmeadows – Pte 8, 1st LH Bde HQ – 4th LH MG Squad VD Nov 1916 RTA 16/11/1918 on Port Darwin Auctioneer & Estate Agent Died the 20th July 1933 at private hospital, age 49 Buried St Kilda Cemetery on the 21st July (other denominations, Comp G, Grave 32) Nightingales in the Mud, p.57: From a letter from Evelyn Davies: “Sr Daley who married and worked on Lemnos without revealing her changed status was packed off to Australia. Poor girl, the man she married is a real waster and was always getting into trouble for drinking. He sings most beautifully and is fine looking, but what is the good of that…when such a rotter? He borrowed the money for the wedding ring and paid thirteen piastres for it! As a piastre is worth about twopence halfpenny, you can guess the quality of the ring. Yet she believes in him.” Graphic of Australia (Melb, Vic), Fri 3 Mar 1916 (p.14): AS A WOMAN VIEWS IT How Romantic. Still another war romance. Nurse Daley met an old sweetheart amidst the sordidity of Lemnos, and one afternoon they went out and got married. That is all that has filtered through so far, but the lady herself is on her way back to Australia. So the details will be known. The Argus, Fri 21 Jul 1933: DEATHS LAWRENCE – On the 20th July, at private hospital, Ernest Alfred Lawrence, of 36 Docker street, Elwood, dearly beloved husband of Clarice Jessie, and loving father of Peggy, Jack, Bob and Joan, and loving son of the late Frederick Lawrence and Mrs Sophia Lawrence, aged 49 years. FUNERAL NOTICES LAWRENCE – The Friends of the late ERNEST ALFRED LAWRENCE (auctioneer) are respectfully informed that his funeral will leave his residence, 36 Docker street, Elwood, THIS DAY (Friday 21st July) at 3.30pm for the St Kilda General Cemetery. The Argus, Wed 3 May 1944: DEATHS LAWRENCE – On May 2 at 61 Esplanade, Elwood, Clarice Jessie, dearly beloved wife of the late Ernest A. Lawrence, loving mother of Peggy, Jack, Robert and Joan. LAWRENCE – On May 2, at 61 Esplanade, Elwood, Clarice Jessie, loving daughter of J.E. and the late J.R. Daley, beloved sister of Claude, Ruby, Leslie and George. FUNERAL NOTICES LAWRENCE – The Funeral of the late Mrs CLARICE JESSIE LAWRENCE will leave 61 Esplanade, Elwood, THIS DAY, at 11am, for the St Kilda Cemetery. Notes: Wedding photos AWM See article, “Love in Wartime” by Jodie Smith – Shrine magazine ‘Remembrance’, Apr 2011 – see also Tim Whitford’s article, “Clarice, Ernest and Jodie” in FFFAIF magazine ‘Digger’, Jun 2011 http://lemnosgallipolicc.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/lemnos-heroes-nurse-clarice-daley-and.html Bendigo Advertiser (Vic), Sat 11 Sept 1909 (p.9): REAL ESTATE – ……………………………………………………………… They also sold on account of Mr J.R. Daley his mansion and land, known as “Turriff,” situated in Carpenter-street, at a satisfactory figure. Very successful sales of contractor’s and builder’s plant, household furniture, etc., were held during the month on account of Mr J.R. Daley, ………………………….. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 19 Feb 1923 (p.7): TRANSFORMED WASTE LAND ROMANCE OF ELWOOD’S GROWTH …………………………………………………………………………. One of the first to realise the value of Elwood was a Bendigo Builder, Mr J.R. Daley, who bought land by the acre and erected streets of houses. Bendigo avenue, Selwyn avenue, and Beach avenue are monuments to his foresight and enterprise. …………