• Kate Isobel Gallen

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Kiama, NSW, Australia

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    • GALLEN, Kate Isobel – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 2 December 2015

    Kate was born on the 4th September 1881 at Kiama, NSW (together with her twin, Vida) – daughters of John Bernard GALLEN & Margaret THORBURN – who married at Shoalhaven in 1872 Margaret died early 1920 following many years of suffering with severe rheumatism John had died in 1918 Siblings: John; Margaret Adeline b.1874 – marr SLINN – d.1940; Lily Susan b.1875 – d.1911; Mary Maude b.1877 – d.1939; Michael William b.1879 – d.1895; (Twin) Vida May b.4/9/1881 (Matron, District Hospital, Balmain, 1915) – married (Dr) Neville GRIFFITHS 4/9/1917 St Peters, NSW (he died in 1920) – died 1960 Chatswood; Maurice James b.1885 – d.1963 Trained in nursing at the Western Suburbs Cottage Hospital, NSW Passed her exam for the A.T.N.A. in December 1911 WW1: Embarked at Sydney on the RMS Orontes 31/7/1915 for Egypt Served with the 2nd AGH Embarked at Alexandria on the Braemar Castle 26/3/1916 to join the BEF – arriving Marseilles 4/4/1916 Leave to England 28/11/16 – 12/12/16 Admitted 14th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne 6/4/17 with measles Transfered to England 18/4/17 on 21 days sick leave Discharged 15/6/17 on account of marriage Married Walter Harold HEAD, 6057 7th Fld Amb on the 15/6/1917 at St Albans, England (Walter was 15 years her junior) Child: Walter Leonard b.26/11/1917 Birmingham, England – WW2 1940-1945 [NOK: Vida Griffiths] Following her return to Australia Kate helped care for her mother until her death, and then took up an appointment as a Baby Health Centre Nurse on the 15/3/1920 Walter was living on his own in Victoria in 1921 and remarried in 1929 Kate and her twin sister Vida became registered nurses in March 1927, and were living together at 33 Gipps St, Drummoyne in 1933 – then at 41 Gipps St by 1937 Kate was still employed as a Baby Health Centre Nurse in 1938 She died on the 24th February 1940 at Gloucester House, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW (reg. Newtown) Privately interred at Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, NSW 26/2/1940 Walter Harold HEAD – born 1896 Dulwich, London – son of George Robert & Jane Hariett Siblings (6): Winifred Ruth b.c1891; Henry Robert b.c1892; Leonard Charles b.c1894; Eva Mary b.c1900 The family was living in Dulwich in 1911, his parents were still there in 1915 when he enlisted in Australia Salesman WW1: Enlisted Melbourne 17/5/1915, age 19 – embarked 10/9/1915 with reinforcements for 2nd AGH Embarked at Alexandria on the Braemar Castle 26/3/1916 to join the BEF – arriving Marseilles 4/4/1916 Leave to England 21/10/16 – 30/10/16 Transferred to 7th Fld Amb 8/4/1917 Gassed 29/10/1917 France – tsfd to England 9/11/1917 Returned to Australia 20/1/1919 – 15/2/1919 (3rd MD) on the Karmala as part of the Nursing staff Walter was living in Hawthorn, Vic in 1921, then with his parents & sister Winifred in Kew, Vic from 1922 until his remarriage He remarried in 1929 to Ivy McDonald Living Cohuna, Vic 1933 Died at Cohuna in 1992, age 96 The Kiama Independent, …… (NSW), Wed 4 Feb 1920 (p.2): OBITUARY MRS J GALLEN As briefly stated last issue, Mrs John Gallen passed away to her rest after many years of suffering, on Thursday last. For some 25 years she was a martyr to the most severe form of rheumatism – unable to move in the slightest degree for many years. In her great affliction she has had the devoted care of her daughters – from Miss Lily Gallen, who previous to her death, gave unwearied care to the invalid, and afterward from Miss Maud Gallen, who as devotedly attended to her mother. Mrs Slinn who lived near, assisting in the arduous nursing duties, and since Mrs Head’s return from active service as a nurse at the war, her experience and skill has been for her mother’s comfort also. …………………………………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/104779599 Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Fri 24 Oct 1930 (p.1): LECTURES TO GIRL STUDENTS GIVEN BY SISTER HEAD Sister Head, who is in charge of the local Baby Health Centres, this morning lectured to between 50 and 60 pupils of the Central Domestic Science School on “The Care of the Infant and Infant Feeding and Bathing.” On Tuesday night last Sister Head delivered a similar lecture to the girls of the Evening Continuation School and will give a further lecture next week. Sister Head explained that for some years it had been customary in the cities to deliver similar lectures to the pupils of the Domestic Science Schools. Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Mon 13 Apr 1931 (p.2): BABY HEALTH CENTRES STAFF CHANGES Sister K. Head, who has been in charge of the Central Baby Health Centre for the past 12 months and Sister N Stanbridge, of Railway Town, a Broken Hill sister, have been transferred to Sydney and will leave by the express to-morrow night. The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 28 Feb 1940: DEATHS HEAD – February 24, 1940 at Gloucester House, Kate Isobel, dearly beloved mother of Walter Leonard Head. Privately interred 26th instant. Notes: Copy of Marriage extract (in husband's service file) & Brit marriage index lists her as Kathleen – birth index & all other sources list her as Kate