• Isabel Edith Fincham

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    Pyramid Hill, VIC, Australia

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    • FINCHAM, Isabel Edith – Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR and AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 7 June 2017

    Born in 1886 at Pyramid Hill, Vic (reg. Carlton) – daughter of Randall George FINCHAM and Annie Jane WATSON who married on the 10/8/1885 A retired Manager of the National Bank, Randall died suddenly on the 26/8/1922 at Sassafras, aged 66 – and Annie died in1951, aged 84 Siblings: Mabel b.20/10/1887 (reg.1888) Pyramid Hill – marr Reg LEWIS 1910 – d.1968 Vic; Randall Wabe b.24/7/1889 Bacchus Marsh – WW1: Tpr 623 / 2nd Lieut, 9th LH – marr Muriel Higham 28/2/1916 – d.10/2/1967 Vic; Hilda b.1891 Bacchus Marsh; Dorothy b.1894 Horsham – marr AMESS – d.1984 Vic; Charles William Vacher b.1897 Horsham – WW1: Cpl 13057, 2nd MT Coy – d.18/2/19 20th CCS, Belgium (influenza); Roy Gordon b.24/2/1903 Colac – WW2 – d.1968 Vic, age 65 Religion: Church of England Educated in part at the Horsham State School [listed on the WW1 Honour Board] Trained in nursing at the Alfred Hospital, Prahran for 3 years – passing her final exam for the Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association in June 1909 Lived with her parents at Derandell, Wando Grove, St Kilda in 1914 WW1: Embarked 14/4/1915 on the RMS Orontes for the UK to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) Posted to No.7 General Hospital, France 9/6/1915 Report from A/Matron, No.7 GH, 12/12/1915: “Staff Nurse Miss I.E. Fincham QAIMNSR arrived at No. 7 General Hospital 9/6/1915 and left for duty at No. 4 General Hospital 9/11/1915 [sic]. She did ‘Home Sisters’ duties for some months, very satisfactory. I know very little of her general ward work and management, except for one week she was on night duty and during that time worked very well, she is very kind to her patients, is pleasant in the wards. She lacks tact with the orderlies owing perhaps to her not having worked with them before. She is apparently quite strong, but of a nervous temperament. Staff Nurse Fincham has not done Sisters duties in the wars.” Transfered the 4th General Hospital for duty on the 10/12/1915 Hospital 11/3/1916 Having served 12 months with the QAIMNSR, Edith resigned at the end of her contract 8/6/1916, wishing to return home due to personal and family reasons However her return passage had to be cancelled following an attack of appendicitis, and an operation to remove her appendix on the 23/6/1916 She finally departed England on the 15/9/1916 on the Mongolia, arriving home at the end of October In 1917 Edith joined the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and was posted to No.2 Hospital Ship Kanowna embarking Sydney 21/3/1917. Also joining the hospital ship, as a medical masseur, was her future husband Fred Bonney. Upon reaching Egypt, the female nursing staff were disembarked at Suez on the 3/5/1917 and travelled the rest of the way to England on a faster ship, the Saxon, arriving 14/5/1917. Following a fortnight’s Leave, Edith was temporarily attached to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital (AAH) at Dartford on the 28/5/1917. She rejoined the Kanowna on the 13/7/1917 for the return trip to Australia, arriving Sydney on the 14/9/1917. She did not rejoin the Kanowna for its next voyage departing 25/9/1917, but was instead struck of strength and eventually discharged from the AIF on the 16/10/1917, remaining in Australia on Home service until the 16/7/1919. Married Frederick Leopold BONNEY on the 30th of March 1921 at the Holy Trinity Church, Kew, Vic Frederick was born on the 16/2/1889 Qld – son of Charles Alexander and Louisa Mary (nee Ruddle) – WW1: Sgt 17226, served on the HS Kanowna 21/3/1917 – Feb 1918 as a medical masseur They were living at Laurel Bank, East Brisbane in 1922 / Auchenflower, Qld in 1923, 1925, 1929 / Clayfield, Qld in 1936, 1943, 1949, 1954 Only Child: Charles Randell (Bud) b.17/5/1922 Qld – d.9/11/1935 St Martin’s Hospital, Qld, aged 13½ http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/173341597 Edith died on the 12th of July 1956 in Qld Frederick died 10/1/1970 Qld – they are buried with their son Bud in the Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens, Brisbane, Qld The Colac Herald (Vic), Fri 2 Jul 1909 (p.2): NOTES AND EVENTS At the examination held during the early part of June in connection with the Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association, Nurse Stanbury and Nurse Gillingham, of the Colac hospital, were amongst the successful canditates. Nurse Fincham, of the Alfred Hospital, also passed. The Age (Melb, Vic), Thur 8 Apr 1915 (p.8): AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSES ………………………………………………. The popularity of the nursing service was also vouched for at the principal medical officer’s head quarters. In addition to the nurses who have already left these shores a further batch of 40 for Australian service and 50 for the Royal Army Medical Corps will leave in due course. ………………………………… The undermentioned nurses are also to leave Australia for service in the British Royal Army Medical Corps: – Misses Isabel E. Fincham, ……………………………….. The Argus, Mon 16 May 1921: BONNEY – FINCHAM – On the 30th March, at Holy Trinity Church, Kew, Frederick Bonney, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H.J. Bonney, Brisbane, to Edith, daughter of Mr and Mrs R.G. Fincham, Derandell, Glenferrie road, Kew. The Brisbane Courier (Qld), Tue 29 Aug 1922 (p.11): SOCIAL Mr and Mrs F.L. Bonney (Norman Park) will leave to-day for Melbourne, Mrs Bonney having recently received the news of the death of her father, the late Mr R.G. Fincham, manager of the National Bank of Australasia in that city.