• Cordelia Rosa McDonald

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Shepparton, VIC, Australia

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    • McDONALD, Cordelia Rosa (Corrie) - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 29 March 2016

    Cordelia was born in 1889 at Shepparton – daughter of Alexander McDONALD & Rosanna ROE – who married in Vic in 1883 Alexander died at Shepparton in 1902, age 53, and Rosanna died on the 22/9/1906 at the “Bungalow” Shepparton, age 47 Siblings: Flora Lorinda b.1884; Hugh b.&d.1885 (2D); Richard Alexander b.1886; Ruby Victoria b.1888; Olive Lavinia b.1891; Hector Leslie b.1892 Ballangeich (near Warrnambool) – WW1: Pte 1972, 57th Bn – KIA 27/9/1917 Belgium; Jessie Melva b.1894 NOK: Uncle, Samuel McDonald of Nelson Rd, Warrnambool [Cousin of Jessie Buchanan McDonald – Sister, AANS] Religion: Presbyterian Trained in nursing at the Mooroopna Hospital for 3 years Member of the RVTNA Private nursing 18 months WW1: Embarked 18/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan with the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH) for Egypt Posted to No.4 Auxiliary Hospital 7/8/1915 – returned to 1st AGH 26/2/1916 Returned to Australia on transport duty on the Demosthenes 19/3/1916 – 19/4/1916 Re-embarked 1/8/1916 on the A28 Miltiades with the 14th AGH Detached for duty with the 2nd AAH, Southall 28/9/1916 Disembarked from the Llanfranc at Alexandria 24/11/1916 (from UK), and marched in to the 14th AGH at Abbassia Sick to hospital with Tonsilitis 29/1/1917 Admitted to the Military Infectious Hospital, Choubra 4/4/1917 – 7/4/1917 with Diptheria To be Sister 1/9/1917 Resigned her appointment 27/10/1917 on account of marriage Married Dr Arthur Madgwick DAVIDSON, (Captain, AAMC), on the 27/10/1917 in the Garrison Church, Abbassia, Egypt They returned to Australia together with their infant daughter on the Nestor 25/12/1918 – 1/2/1919 Children: *Helen b.14/9/1918 Cairo, Egypt *James McDonald b. 31/8/1920 Sydney – enlisted RAAF 1939 – disch 1967, Squadron Leader, Dept of Air, Canberra (NOK Judith) (group photo, AWM) Residents of Edgeware Rd, Enmore, NSW (1921) Cordelia died on the 5th of July 1921 at a private hospital in NSW, age 32 Privately interred in Waverley Cemetery Arthur Madgwick DAVIDSON was born on the 12/10/1891 in Brisbane – son of James Madgwick DAVIDSON (of the Bank of NSW) & Lucy CRIBB Medical Practioner WW1: Capt – Maj, AAMC (MID, OBE) Enlisted 26/7/1915 and embarked with reinforcements for the 1st AGH on the Hororata 27/9/1915 – disembarking Suez 27/10/1915 Reported for duty with the 1st AGH, Heliopolis 30/10/1915 Promoted Major 28/1/1918 Served also with the 3rd AGH, 14th AGH and various Light Horse & Camel Corps units “On the 17/8/17 he was appointed Registrar of the 17th Australian General Hospital and in this position has done much to re-organise the Hospital. The smooth running and general management of the Hospital are largely due to him and the clarity of the records redounds greatly to his credit.” RTA as Medical Officer on the Nestor 25/12/1918 – 2/1/1919 3rd MD Appointment terminated 26/3/1919 AWM Photo: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/B00668/ He remarried 14/11/1922 to Marjorie Catherine UPTON Died 20/1/1955 NSW – late of Enmore In 1943 James McDonald Davidson (RAAF) was living with Arthur & Marjorie at Edgeware Rd The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed Dec 1915 (p.5): NURSES ENJOY HARD WORK WAY TO MANAGE THE BOYS Sister C.R. McDonald, who is attached to the First Australian Hospital at Heliopolis, Egypt, has written to relatives at Pine Lodge (V) as follows:– “The work is extremely hard, and the climate simply atrocious; but, in spite of all the drawbacks, I would not have missed this for worlds – one can at least do something out here, and the boys do appreciate the Australian sisters. They are the bravest boys in the world. One rarely hears an Australian say he is frightened; they seem to have lost all fear altogether. Two days ago we got a crowd from Gallipoli, and this morning quite a number of them wished to be sent back to the front and give their mates a spell. They come in here quite nerve wrecks, and it is a common thing at nights to hear them scream out ‘Fixed bayonets – on the double,’ or ‘At them again, boys.’ We are very fortunate being with the Australians, as we understand them, and they understand us. They made a name for themselves at first, but there was really nothing in it. There is always a way to manage the boys if you take them the right way; but, try to keep down – it simply cannot be done. We never have any trouble in hospital, and we have thousands together, many of whom are convalescent, and full of life. We have just opened a new hospital out here – it is really the Egyptian Artillery Barracks, which has been taken over by the Australian Government, and converted into a hospital. The officers’ quarters have also been given up for the use of the sisters, and in that respect we are well off. The patients do very well in regard to food, and have many comforts in the shape of cards, cigarettes, tobacco, games, &c. The Red Cross has also supplied us with deck chairs, which are a great boon to the boys. Those who have wounded arms, &c., may sit out in the shade in a comfortable chair where, a short time ago, they had to sit on a box, or even on the floor. I have never in my life worked so hard, but can truly say that never before have I enjoyed working hard as I enjoy it here. One does not care what there is to do, as long as we get the things to do them with.” The Queenslander, Sat 3 Nov 1917: MARRIAGES DAVIDSON – McDONALD – At Cairo, on the 27th October, 1917, Dr Captain Arthur Madgwick Davidson, A.M.C., of Bank of New South Wales [sic], South Brisbane, to Coralie Rosa McDonald, of 14th Australian General Hospital. The Queenslander, Sat 12 Jan 1918: MILITARY WEDDING A wedding of wide interest in Australian military circles took place on the 27th October last, the contracting parties being Captain Arthur Madgwick Davidson, AAMC, and Sister Cordelia Rosa McDonald. The bridegroom hails from Brisbane, being a son of Mr J.M. Davidson, manager of the Bank of New South Wales, South Brisbane, while the bride is a daughter of the late Alexander McDonald, grazier, of Warrnambool, Victoria. The ceremony was performed by Captain R. Moorhead Legate, chaplain to the forces, and late of St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Brisbane. Lieutenant-Colonel Blackburn, AAMC, gave the bride away, the best man being Captain A.M. Aspinal, AAMC, and the bridesmaid Sister Burns. The bride wore a simple but beautiful frock of white crepe de Chine, with overdress of chiffon (apron effect) …………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………….. The church was prettily decorated for the occasion by the nursing sisters and friends of the happy pair. After the ceremony the matron (Miss Creal) entertained to afternoon tea the bridal party, which included Colonel Summons, Lieutenant-Colonel Saw, Captain Hodgson, and several of the nursing staff. Many handsome presents……………….. The extreme popularity of the young couple was shown by the crowded congregation. The Argus (Melb,Vic), Sat 21 Sept 1918 (p.13): BIRTHS DAVIDSON (Corrie McDonald) – On the 14th September, at Cairo, to Major A.M. and Mrs Davidson – a daughter (Helen). Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 20 Feb 1919 (p.29): SOCIAL Major and Mrs A.M. Davidson, with their little daughter, have been staying with their relatives, Mr and Mrs S. McDonald, Warrnambool. They recently arrived from Egypt, where they were engaged in war work for some time. The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 6 Jul 1921: DEATHS DAVIDSON – July 5, at a private hospital, Cordelia Rosa (Corrie), the beloved wife of DR ARTHUR M. DAVIDSON, of 13 Edgeware-road, Enmore, aged 32 years. FUNERALS DAVIDSON – The Funeral of the late Mrs CORDELIA ROSA DAVIDSON, the beloved WIFE of Dr A.M. DAVIDSON, will take place in Waverley Cemetery, THIS DAY (private interment) Notes: The Brisbane Courier, Fri 24 Nov 1922: MARRIAGES DAVIDSON – UPTON – November 14, at St Augustine’s, Neutral Bay, by the Rector Rev L.A. Pearce, Dr Arthur Madgwick Davidson, O.B.E., third son of the late J.M. and Mrs Davidson, of South Brisbane, to Marjorie Catherine, second daughter of the late R.H.E. and Mrs Upton, of Scone, NSW. The Argus, Fri 16 Aug 1946: DOCTOR TO PAY 1,150 POUNDS DAMAGES IN DIVORCE SUIT SYDNEY, Thur: A verdict for 1,150 pounds damages was returned by the jury in the Divorce Court today in the suit brought by John Albert Males against Dr Arthur Madgwick Davidson, of Edgeware rd, Enmore, and ordered the amount be paid into Court within four months. Males had alleged that Dr Davidson had committed misconduct with his wife, Mona Frances Males, on September 28, 1943, and on other occasions at his home in Frederick st, St Peter’s. Males had claimed 3,000 pounds damages. Dr Davidson denied all the allegations. See also snippets in the papers on his years’ suspension from practice, for misconduct