• Elsie Annie Eglinton

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

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Cairo, Egypt

  • Birth

    Reynella, South Australia

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    • EGLINTON, Elsie Annie - Sister, AANS (MID 1916)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 8 November 2015

    Elsie was born on the 28/3/1883 at O’Halloran Hill, SA – daughter of James EGLINTON and Jane Elizabeth RAE, who married at the Pirie Street Methodist Church, Adelaide on the 6/8/1872 Jane died at their home in Brighton, SA on the 13/12/1938, and James died 9/4/1941 Siblings: James Thomas b.14/6/1873 O’Halloran Hill, SA; Robert b.1875; Gertrude Ruth b.1877; Beatrice Emily b.1879; Charles Hurtle b.25/1/1881; Clarace May b.1895 Reynella Trained in nursing at the Adelaide Hospital Taken on as a probationer nurse in the Adelaide Hospital April 1906 – passed her final examination in June 1911 Matron – Port Elliston Hospital Member of the South Australian branch of the Royal British Nurses’ Association 1914: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/6432933 WW1: 2nd AGH – served Egypt, At Sea, France, England Embarked at Melbourne 5/12/1914 on the A55 Kyarra for Egypt Served on hospital ships during the Gallipoli campaign, including the Ionian (where she met her future husband) From The Other Anzacs (by Peter Rees): p.67: “When Elsie Eglinton finished night shift on 4 June, she was given two hours’ notice that she was to sail to the Dardanelles to help bring back wounded to Alexandria. She boarded the Dunluce Castle – ‘a beautiful ship, but only a transport, not a painted Hospital Ship as she sometimes carries troops.’ Fortune smiled on them during the voyage to Lemnos. ‘A big troopship coming along behind us was torpedoed. We did not got to her assistance as it is against the rules,’ Elsie noted in her diary.” After three weeks on Lemnos, Elsie returned to Alexandria with 100 typhus patients. Because the Dunluce Castle was not a hospital ship, she worked in semi-darkness at night. The experience was awful. ‘It is impossible to keep them all in bed, they are delirious and crawl around the deck the moment you turn your back.” From a letter dated 18/7/1915: “Just lately I have been doing transport duty between the Dardanelles and Alexandria. Last trip we brought back 250 enteric fever cases. We were up at Lemnos for a month collecting them, and then we took them to a big hospital at Alexandria. We came back on another hospital ship, and are waiting for wounded or sick. We sometimes get 200 on board, and have them washed and into nice, clean beds, suits, &c., and then we have to transfer them on to another boat, and start again.” Embarked at Suez 31/10/1915 on the Aeneas for transport duty to Australia, arriving 27/11/1915 Promoted to Sister 1/12/1915 Mentioned in Sir J.G. Maxwell’s dispatch of 1/3/1916 in connection with administration in Egypt Proceeding to Suez for transport duty to Australia on HT Commonwealth 20/1/1916 Embarked at Alexandria 26/3/1916 to join the BEF – arriving Marseilles 4/4/1916 Proceeded for duty to Boulogne 17/6/16 and attached for temporary duty at 13 Stationery Hospital 22/6/16 To Convalescent Home, Hardelot 21/8/1916 with Pharingytis – admitted 14th GH, Wimereux 1/9/16 with Tonsilitis Reported for duty at 2 AGH Wimereux 3/10/16 ex 13 GH Admitted 14th GH 23/3/17 – diagnosed Bronchitis 1/4/17, Broncho-pneumonia 15/4/17 – to England for 3 weeks sick leave 21/4/17 to 12/5/17 Attached for duty 2 AAH, Southall 11/5/17 Resigned her appointment 10/8/17 due to marriage Married George McBeth MACKAY (2nd Engineer, HMT Ionian, Mercantile Marine) on the 10/8/1917 at Whalley, Lancashire, England Children: 1. Malcolm George b.29/12/1919 Brighton, SA – WW2, RAN (file digitized – NOK father, George McBeth Mackay) – marr. Ruth Ella SHAPLEY – d.8/7/1999 Melb, in a car accident with his wife (3 children) (see also Wikipedia entry) 2. Margaret Agnes McBeth b.16/4/1922 Glenelg, SA Address: Fletcher Rd, Largs Bay, SA Elsie died 6/7/1955 in Sth Australia and is buried in the North Brighton General Cemetery [An OAWG plaque marks her grave] George McBeth Mackay was born in 1887 in Glasgow, Scotland Marine Engineer He served as a Councillor for Port Adelaide 1938-1944 and 1945-1955 The Register (Adelaide, SA), Thur 16 Sept 1915 (p.6): Red Cross Work Appreciated In view of the recent allegations in connection with the Red Cross movement, it is refreshing to know that the supposed “bungling” is not so bad as many might have been led to believe. Writing under date July 18, from Egypt, Nurse Eglinton says, inter alie: – “Just lately I have been doing transport duty between the Dardanelles and Alexandria. Last trip we brought back 250 enteric fever cases. We were up at Lemnos for a month collecting them, and then we took them to a big hospital at Alexandria. We came back on another hospital ship, and are waiting for wounded or sick. We sometimes get 200 on board, and have them washed and into nice, clean beds, suits, &c., and then we have to transfer them on to another boat, and start again. We can’t be thankful enough to the Red Cross people, who supply us with plenty of lovely shirts and handkerchiefs, &c. It is just lovely to have them to use. You would love to see the men looking so comfortable after weeks in the trenches with hardly enough water to wash their hands and faces in. You would enjoy being here and working among the soldiers. They are mostly jolly fine boys. I have never felt more proud of Australia than in the last few months.” Chronicle (Adelaide, SA), Sat 9 Feb 1918 (p.28): MARRIAGES MACKAY – EGLINTON – On the 10th August 1917, at Whalley, Lancashire (Sister) Elsie Annie Eglinton, A.I.F., third daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Eglinton, of Edwardstown, South Australia, to 2nd Engineer George M. Mackay, of H.M.S. “Ionian,” and Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland. The Advertiser (Adelaide) Wed 31 Dec 1919: BIRTHS MACKAY (nee Sister Eglinton) – On the 29th December, at Hulbert-street, Brighton, to Mr and Mrs George M. Mackay – a son (Malcolm George). Both well. The Advertiser (Adelaide) Tue 22 Oct 1940: Returned Army Sisters Are Still Serving Adelaide has no more enthusiastic war workers that it Returned Army Sisters, and since the beginning of the war they have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into many varied branches of emergency service, using their training and specialized knowledge in a dozen different directions. ………………………………………………………………………… The organizing of cheer-up work at Port Adelaide is undertaken by another returned army sister, Mrs Mackay (Sister Eglinton), who is president of that district’s Cheer-up Society. …………………………………. The Mail (Adelaide, SA), Sat 16 Sept 1944 (p.4): Autograph There is an autograph of Winston Churchill at Port Adelaide that is valued by its owner for two reasons – its link with Britain’s outstanding figure of this war, and the recognition it marks of service in World War 1. Mrs G.M. Mackay, wife of the missioner at the Seamen’s Mission, Nile street, Port, was Nursing Sister E.A. Eglinton with the A.I.F. in the Mediterranean and England during World War 1, and was mentioned in despatches by Lieutenant-General Sir J.G. Maxwell for distinguished service in Egypt and off Gallipoli. The certificate she has of this, awarded in 1919, was signed by Mr Churchill as Secretary of State for War. In this war Mrs Mackay is doing her bit to brighten the lives of merchant seamen who visit the Port. The Advertiser (Adelaide) Tue 13 Jun 1950: Ex-Naval Officer As Minister A former lieutenant in the naval anti-submarine service, Mr Malcolm George Mackay, of Nile street, Port Adelaide, will be licensed tomorrow as a minister of the Presbyterian Church in SA. …………………………………………