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    • DOUGLAS, Madena Davis – Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Born on the 3rd of January 1881 in Waverley, NSW – the daughter of John DOUGLAS and Elizabeth Jane WATKINS, who married in Paddington, NSW in 1872 John, an Engineer, died on the 3/6/1917 at their home in Waverley, aged 73, Elizabeth also died at Waverley on the 14/3/1936, aged 85 Siblings: Clara Jane b.1873 – d.1874; James F. b.1874 – d.1876; Elizabeth J. b.&d.1876; John b.1877; Richard Leslie b.23/2/1879 Paddington – Farrier – marr Emma Letitia – WW1: Spr 21744, 5th DSC – RTA 5/7/1919; Vera M. b.1883 (Mrs J.J.Wesley Hocking); Norman H. b.1884; Stephen b.1886 (Dr) – in London during WW1; James b.1889 Passed her exam for the Australian Trained Nurses Association in 1914 WW1: Embarked on the Karoola 18/12/1915 with a group of nurses to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR). Disembarking at Suez, they travelled on a hospital train to Cairo, and after a week were transported to Naples on the NZ Hospital Ship Nevassa to join the HS Britannic which transported them, on duty, to the UK – arriving England 10/2/1916 and posted to the 1st War Birmingham Hospital, Rubery Admitted to the Vincent Square Hospital for QAIMNS 31/3/1916 to 14/4/16, suffering erythema of the legs following inoculation Posted to France on the 22/4/1916 Served at the 26th General Hospital, France from the 28/4/1916 to 10/5/1916 Then the 1st NZ Stationary Hospital 43rd Casualty Clearing Station from the 11/8/1916 26th General Hospital Leave 2/12/1916 – 15/12/1916 8th Stationary Hospital 15/4/1917 Leave 14 days from 23/8/1917 30th General Hospital from 7/9/1917 Isolation Hospital, Calais – in charge of the hospital (night duty) from 18/9/1917 Resigned at the end of her contract 16/12/1917 in order to return to Australia following the death of her father, so she could be with her mother On temporary duty at King George Hospital, London from the 17/1/1918 to 14/2/1918, whilst awaiting repatriation Embarked on the Llanstephen Castle 15/2/1918 for return to Australia, arriving 18/4/1918 From a letter in regard to the Aust Govt Grant, dated 23/2/1920 (p.32-3 SR): “I arrived in England at Southampton per Hospital Ship Britannic on or about 9th Feb 1916 and proceeded under orders to the 1st Birmingham War Hospital, Rubery, near Birmingham. In April 1916 I was ordered to France where I remained on duty until December 16th 1917, having resigned. On arrival in London on 17th December 1917 temporary duty was offered me until a passage to Australia could be arranged. I resumed duty at the King George Hospital, Stamford St about the middle of January 1918 where I remained until sailing for Australia on 16th February 1918.” Application approved by the Nurses’ Registration Board 1926 Electoral Rolls: 1930, 1937: 13 Waverley St, Waverley, NSW – Nurse 1937: 17 Redman Parade, Belmore, NSW – Home duties 1943: 47A Raglan St, Mosman, NSW – Home duties 1949: 27 Raglan St, Mosman, NSW – Home duties 1954, 1958: 1 Canrobert St, Mosman, NSW – Home duties 1963: 27 Raglan St, Mosman, NSW – Home duties 1968, 1977: 48 / 22 Waitara Ave, Waitara, NSW – Home duties Received an M.B.E. in June 1977 for service to the welfare of veterans Died on the 29th of July 1977 at the Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, NSW, aged 96 Privately cremated NSW Government Gazette Tues 13 Jun 1899: Office of the Public Service Board – Sydney, 12th June, 1899 Notice is hereby given that the following persons are entitled to present themselves as Candidates at the Competetive Examination of applicants for admission to the Public Service as Postal and Telegraph Assitants, to be held on the 26th June, 1899. The place of examination is set against the name of each candidate. ……………………………………………. Douglas, Madena D. – Sydney Supplement to London Gazette 11th Jun 1977 Honour awarded M.B.E. Miss Madena Davis DOUGLAS, of Waitara, NSW. For service to the welfare of veterans. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Thur 4 Aug 1977 (p.20): DEATHS DOUGLAS, Madena Davis (M.B.E.) – July 29, 1977, at R.G.H., Concord, late of Waitara, beloved sister of Vera Hocking and James Douglas, beloved aunt of Douglas Hocking (deceased), Gwen and Doug Farrar and their family, Flora Douglas, Dorothy and Ron Douglas and their family, aged 96 years. Privately cremated August 3rd.