• Cecil Imogen Keith Gordon

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Drouin, VIC, Australia

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    • GORDON, Cecil Imogen Keith – Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 29 January 2016

    Cecil was born in 1882 at Longwarry, in Gippsland, Victoria (near Drouin) – daughter of James GORDON & Emily JENNINGS – who married in 1867 in Victoria Emily died in 1885 at Moe, age 39, most likely from complications following the birth of her 8th child Clarice Born c1826 in Banffshire, Scotland, James had arrived in Victoria in 1852. At the time of Cecil’s birth he was the Proprietor of saw mills at Moe and Drouin. The thrice married James died on the 25/4/1916 at his daughter Helen’s home in Brighton, age 90 Siblings: Stuart Dundas b.1868 Tyabb; Helen Graham b.1870 Bitt – marr Fredk Chas JEFFERY 1899 – d.1959 Brighton; Lachlan Skene Duff b.1872 Rich – d.1948; Emily Florence b.1874 Snapper Pt – d.1875 (6mths); Evelyn Dundas b.1877 Snapper Pt – marr A.U. WYATT – d.2/10/1952; Ethel Gwendolen Bronte b.1879 Snapper Pt – marr WYATT – d.1968; Clarice Isabella b.1885 Moe [Also various half-siblings] Trained in nursing at both the Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, for a total of 4 years – passing her final exam for the Royal Victorian Trained Nurse’s Association in December 1909 Resident of 340 Albert St, East Melbourne, Vic 1912, 1914 Took up the duties of Bush Nurse in Ashford, NSW in March 1915 until resigning in the August to enlist in the AANS WW1: NOK: sister, (Helen) Mrs F.C. Jeffery, Birdston, Wilson St (& later 24 Halifax St), Brighton, Vic Served at the Base Hospital in NSW for 3 months prior to embarkation Embarked 10/11/1915 on the A67 Orsova for Egypt – arriving 9/12/1915 and taken on strength of the 2nd Australian General Hospital (AGH) Transferred to the 1st Aust Stationary Hosp, Ismailia 1916 (see AWM group photo) Transferred to England, where she was taken on strength of the 2nd Australian Auxilary Hospital (AAH), Southall 2/10/1916, and then the 3rd AAH, Dartford 10/10/1916 Returned to Australia on nursing duty on board the HT Ulysses, leaving Plymouth 13/2/1917 and arriving 12/4/1917 Re-embarked in Melbourne 25/4/1917 on the SS Karoola for India via Sth Africa, where she transshipped at Durban to the HMT Coronia 21/5/1917 – disembarking Bombay 12/6/1917, and posted to the Victoria War Hospital Promoted to Sister 1/7/1917 Transferred to the Station Hospital, Ahmednagar 19/6/1918 Resigned appointment 14/10/1918 in order to marry Married Lieutenant Roger Horace ANSELL, (Royal Indian Marine) on the 15/10/1918 at Ahmednagar, Bombay, India The couple embarked at Bombay on the Braunfels 16/2/1922, for Melbourne Child (1): John b.21/6/1922 Sydney, NSW – WW2: RAAF, POW (Photo) – marr Shirley WENSOR 5/7/1947 St Peter’s Church, Leeton, NSW Cecil made their three-tier wedding cake Living Burrinjuck Dam, Yass, NSW 1926, 1930, 1937 Living Main Ave, Yanco, Leeton, NSW 1938, 1941, 1954 Member of the Yanco Women’s Voluntary Service during WW2 – President in 1940 Living Trevor St, Turvey Park, NSW 1963, 1968 Died on the 19th of May 1968 at Wagga Wagga, NSW She is buried in the Wagga Monumental Cemetery with her husband Roger Roger was born 2/6/1884 Medway, Chatham, Kent – son of Alfred & Emma In 1901 he was a Ship’s joiner at Chatham dockyard 1905 he was an Assistant Engineer in the Royal Indian Marine WW1 British medal card: R.H. Ansell – Engineer / Lieutenant – Royal Indian Marine London Gazette 21/3/1919: to be Engineer-Lieut-Cmdr Retired from the Royal Navy in 1924, and worked on the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a time Engineer at Burrinjuck Power Station 1926, 1930, 1937 / Superintendent of the Yanco Power House for 15 years from October 1938 until February 1954 Died 11/10/1974 at Wagga, NSW, age 90 Buried Wagga Monumental Cemetery The Inverell Times (NSW), Tue 16 Mar 1915 (p.4): Ashford News The Bush Nursing Scheme has embraced Ashford in its proposals, and Nurse Gordon has been stationed in the town. The district is very fortunate to have a duly qualified nurse on the spot, and they have shown their appreciation of the Government’s action by appointing an influential committee to carry out the scheme. The Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW), Fri 20 Aug 1915 (p.1): NEAR AND FAR Nurse Cecil Gordon, at present in charge of the Bush Nursing Scheme at Ashford, has offered her services to the military authorities and will be leaving Ashford at the end of the current month. The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW), Tue 11 Oct 1938 (p.3): PERSONAL PARS Mr Ansell who is to be the superintendent of the Yanco Power House arrived to take up duties yesterday. Mr Ansell was an officer of the Public Works Department at Burrinjuck before joining the Commission. The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW), Fri 31 Jan 1941 (p.5): Yanco Jottings W.V.S. CONTINUED – WORK IN RECESS Yanco Women’s Voluntary Service held their first meeting for 1941 at the residence of Mrs R.H. Ansell, which, with its greenery, ferns and flowers, is an ideal spot in the present heat. All through the recess during December and Janurary, members kep up their handiwork, many pairs of socks being handed in. The Canberra Times (ACT), Mon 15 May 1944 (p.2): GRAMMAR OLD BOYS Flight-Sergeant John Ansell, son of Mr and Mrs R.H. Ansell, late of Burrinjuk Dam, is missing when the Lancaster, of which he was a member of the crew, failed to return after an attack on Augsburg. The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW), Fri 26 Feb 1954 (p.2): PERSONALS Mr Roger Ansell, who for the past 15 years has been Superintendent of the Power House at Yanco, has reached the retiring age and will relinquish duties this afternoon. Mr Ansell came from the hydro-electric stations at Burrinjuck. Whilst at Yanco he saw the power station taken over from the Irrigation Commission by the Public Works Department, and then by the Electricity Commission. Farewell presentation: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/156091341