• Mary Christina Kennedy

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Longwarry, VIC, Australia

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    • KENNEDY, Mary Christina (Molly) - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 15 October 2015

    Born [Christina Mary] in 1884 at Longwarry, Vic – daughter of David Thompson KENNEDY (Grazier) & Christina Mary HILL – who married in Vic in 1878 David died 29/3/1941 Qld, and Christina died 5/1/1949 in Victoria Addresses: Moe (1903, 1905); Living in Tara, Undulla Creek, Qld by 1909 [“Dandarago” Tara, via Dalby, Qld] Siblings: Margaret Jane b.1879 Inglewood; John b.1880 Serpentine; Charles David b.1886 Longwarry – d.5/4/1954 Qld; Elsie Grace b.1888 Longwarry – d.1893 Drouin (age 5); James Robert b.1891 Longwarry Religion: Presbyterian Trained in nursing at Kyneton Hospital (3yrs) Member R.V.T.N.A. Staff Nurse – Kyneton Hospital Acting Matron – Warragul Hospital Private Hospital (3mths) Private Nursing (5½ yrs) WW1: Embarked 18/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan with the 3rd AGH, and arrived Plymouth 27/6/1915 Married Alfred Fay MacLURE, 3rd AGH, AAMC on the 9/7/1915 at the Presbyterian Church, Regent Square, Gray’s Inn Rd, St Pancras, London The marriage was kept secret so that Mary could continue to serve with the AANS Instead of proceeding to France to join the BEF, the 3rd AGH received orders to join the MEF Gallipoli, and proceeded to Lemnos Island, via Egypt late July, early August 1915 Mary was tranferred back to Base at Alexandria 18/10/1915 with Dysentery – and then to England on the Aquatania 21/10/1915 Returned to Mudros 3/12/1915 – then back to Egypt on the Oxfordshire, disembarking Alexandria 27/1/1916 – and stationed with the 3rd AGH at Abbassia Reported for duty with the 27th General Hospital, Abbassia 15/6/1916 Admitted to the 3rd AGH 20/8/1916 with Diarrhoea – and transferred to Bulkely Rest Home 11/9/1916 – returned to duty 18/9/1916 Embarked at Alexandria 25/9/1916 on the Karoola with the 3rd AGH and arrived Brighton, England 5/10/1916 Furlough 6/11/1916 – 12/11/1916 Leave January 1917 Proceeded O/S to France on the Londonderry 11/4/1917 to join the B.E.F., and attached to the 16th General Hospital, Abbeville 15/4/1917 Promoted to Sister 5/5/1917 Returned to the 3rd AGH 3/6/1917, then detached to the 5th Stationary Hospital, Dieppe 5/7/1917 – returning to the 3rd AGH 8/8/1917 UK Leave 28/11/1917 – 13/12/1917 Back to the 5th Stat Hosp 22/12/1917 – posted to the 3rd ACCS 26/7/1918, joining on the 28/7/18 – 17/11/1918 Resigned her appointment 14/12/1918, finally reporting that she was married, and transferred to Admin HQ, London 15/12/1918 – then to the 2nd AAH 16/12/18 for duty Returned to Australia on the Windhuk (together with her husband) 19/6/1919 – 18/8/1919 Addresses: 3 Dandenong Rd, Malvern 1921; 226 Punt Rd, Prahran 1924, 1928 [226 Dandenong Rd, St Kilda 1931, 1934;]; 10 Fulham Ave, Sth Yarra 1935, 1956 Applied for Repat in 1959 Vic Died 23/7/1965 Qld, age 81 Cremated and interred in the Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens, Qld Alfred Fay MacLURE was born 13/8/1883 at Hay, NSW – son of Henry Barkly MacLURE (Merchant) & Thomasina MASSIE Thomasina died 24/4/1929 Balwyn; Henry died 9/5/1939 Henry’s story: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/137326357 Henry’s Obit: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/139815852 Siblings (6, include): Gordon Stanley b.1888 Hay – WW1: 2nd Lieut, 32nd TMB, Royal Field Artillery – DOW 16/6/1916 France; Noel Armstrong b.25/12/1893 Hay – WW1: Capt, 11th Fld Amb, AAMC – WW2 – d.1961 Doncaster, Vic; Educated: Hay High School; Melbourne University Occupation: Surgeon Medical Officer – Kyneton Hospital; Melbourne Women’s Hospital (1910) Alfred Hospital (1915) WW1: Temp L/Col, 2nd AGH, AAMC (OBE, MID) Embarked 18/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan with the 3rd AGH Admitted 3rd AGH, Lemnos 15/11/1915 with Paratyphoid Returned to Alexandria 27/1/1916 on the Oxfordshire From a letter from Sister Nora Kerr, 1st AGH, AANS (1916): “She had the day of writing, seen Dr Maclure. He is just the same but his hair is thinner on the top and much greyer since his time in Lemnos. He is absolutely one of the best.” http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/119540032 Embarked 22/10/1916 to join the BEF – posted for duty with the 2nd AGH, Wimereux 10/11/1916 Transferred to 1st ACCS 18/6/1917 To be Surgical Specialist 2nd AGH 19/3/1918 & granted temporary rank of Lt Col MID 7/4/1918 Returned to UK 29/10/1918 and attached to Queen Hospital, Sidcup 31/10/1918 Invested with the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace 3/5/1919 Granted NME Leave 6/5/1919 – 6/6/1919 for Post Graduate work at London Orthopaedic Hospital RTA on the Windhuk (together with his wife) 19/6/1919 – 18/8/1919 Collins Street Surgeon Alfred Hospital 1935 Died 4/10/1956 Melbourne, Vic age 73 Cremated Springvale Botanical Cemetery Notes: [See photo p.43 Nightingales in the Mud] The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW), Fri 7 Apr 1916 (p.2): RED CROSS GIFT EVENING The public of Hay showed their appreciation of the work of our nurses on active service by rolling up in good numbers to last night’s function in the Athenaeum. The local branch of the Red Cross Society arranged a gift evening, in response to an appeal from the head office to send a batch of gifts to the nurses who have suffered many discomforts in the hospitals abroad. During the evening a letter from Dr Fay Maclure eulogizing the work of the nurses was read by Mr George Butterworth, the reading being punctuated by bursts of applause. ……………………………… 1918 Letter from Fay Maclure: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/134772681 The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW), Tue 31 May 1910 (p.2): Dr Alfred Fay Maclure, son of Mr Henry B. Maclure, of Hay, who some years ago obtained the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, and has since been engaged as resident medical officer at the Kyneton and afterwards at the Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, where he is at present, has passed the examination for the degree of M.D. at the Melbourne University. It is Dr Maclure’s intention to go to London for further study and practice in October.