• Bertha Elsie Joliffe

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Cairo, Egypt

  • Birth

    Barry Town, Wales

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    • JOLIFFE, Bertha Elsie - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 7 March 2016

    Born on the 19th of November 1882 at Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales – daughter of Henry JOLIFFE & Magdelene WILLIAMS (of “Chalgrove”, Bellerive, Tas) – Henry died 26/7/1915 Hobart and Magdelene died 16/8/1930 Sibling: Thomas William (CMG) b. 16/3/1873 Glamorgan – married Harriet Edith – Lt-Col, Paymaster, AIF – d.13/6/1944, age 71 Melb – crem Springvale Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at Hobart General Hospital Appointed head sister and deputy matron at Newcastle Hospital, NSW in May 1911 WW1: Enlisted in Tasmania Nov 1914, age 31, and embarked on A55 Kyarra 5/12/1914 for Egypt, with reinforcements for the 2nd Australian General Hospital (AGH) Detailed for transport duty 13/8/1915, and sailed from Suez on the 15/8/1916 – returning to Australia on duty on the Themistocles 9/9/1915 – returned to Egypt (on the Orsova) 9/12/1915 Proceeded to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital for duty 6/3/1916 Embarked at Alexandria on Braemar Castle 26/3/1916 – disembarked Marseilles 4/4/1916 Proceeded to Boulogne 13/6/1916 Reported back to the 2nd AGH from the Australian Voluntary Hospital, Wimereux 15/7/1916 Attached to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (ACCS), Trois Arbres 29/7/1916 Resigned due to marriage 4/9/1916 Married Eric St Leger LEWIS (Major, 3rd LH) on the 4/9/1916 at Christchurch, Westminster, London Children: *Elder son Charles St Leger b.5/5/1918 at Edinburgh Private Hospital, Hobart – Capt WW2 – married Diana Meredith 13/2/1943 Wynard, Tas, while he was on leave from New Guinea *Younger son Richard Eric b.8/6/1919 at Ingleside, Roon Ave, Launceston – WW2: Lieut, 2/33 Bn Bertha & Eric living Wynyard, Tas 1943, 1949 Eric (com agent & produce merchant) shown as Wynyard 1954, Bertha as Esplanade Died 12/11/1966 Smithton, Tas Eric was born 26/9/1874 Hobart, Tas – youngest son of (the late) Neil LEWIS & Anna Maria COX He was a Manufacturer, living Moore St, New Town, Tas in 1914 WW1: 3rd LH – 47th Bn Embarked 20/10/1914 on the A13 Katuna for Egypt Wounded Gallipoli RTA on Balmoral Castle 1/2/1918 Appointment terminated 30/4/1919 On his return to Australia he was in charge of the Assistance Section of the Repatriation Department, first at Hobart and then at Launceston, before being appointed Council Clerk at Wynyard in Nov 1920 Appointed Justice of the Peace in Feb 1922 Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW), Sat 20 May 1911 (p.5): NEWCASTLE HOSPITAL ………………………………………………….. The joint report recommended the appointment of Nurse Bertha E. Joliffe, of the Hobart General Hospital, as head sister and deputy matron, at a salary of £75 per annum. The house committee recommended the adoption of that proposal. The report of the medical board set out that Sister Joliffe was the only suitable applicant. ………………………………………….. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/137045676 Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Mon 13 Sept 1915 (p.3): TASMANIA’S HEROES RETURNED SICK AND WOUNDED The weather on Saturday could not have been better for the reception of another batch of sick and wounded Tasmanian heroes, who returned by the s.s. Rotomahana. ………… ….. also Sister Joliffe, of Hobart, who has returned from Egypt on leave. …………. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Thur 16 Sept 1915 (p.7): SOCIAL NOTES The wounded soldiers who returned last Saturday……… A particularly nice dinner awaited the soldiers, for which different nice donations had been sent by well-wishers, Mrs G.T. Collins sending in a splendid collection of vegetables. Sister Joliffe, Hobart, who came with the men from Egypt on leave, was a guest at the hospital for dinner, leaving afterwards for the capital. ………….. The Mercury (Hobart), Sat 23 Sept 1916: MARRIAGES LEWIS – JOLLIFFE – On September 4, 1916, at Christchurch, Westminster, Major Eric St Leger Lewis, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, A.I.F., of Hobart, youngest son of the late Neil Lewis, to Bertha Elsie Jolliffe, Sister, A.A.N.S., A.I.F., the fourth daughter of the late Henry Jolliffe and Mrs Jolliffe, Chalgrove, Bellerive. The Australasian (Melb, Vic), Sat 6 Apr 1918 (p.35) HOBART NEWS Among returned men who have recently arrived in Hobart is Major Eric Lewis, a younger brother of Sir Elliot Lewis. He has been in Egypt and France since early in the war. While in England, Major Lewis married Sister Joliffe, who was trained in Hobart General Hospital and has been a military nurse during the war. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Thur 11 Nov 1920 (p.6): A COLUMN FOR LADIES Major Eric Lewis and Mrs Lewis are leaving Launceston shortly for Wynyard, Major Lewis having been appointed Council Clerk of that district. Mrs Lewis and children will probably spend a few weeks in Hobart before they go to Wynyard, and leave for the capital next week. Notes: The Mercury (Hobart), Tue 6 Feb 1917: PERSONAL Lieut-Colonel Joliffe, who has just received the decoration of C.M.G. (Companionship of the Order St Michael and St George) for good service in the war, is the son of the late Mr Henry Joliffe, of Bellerive, who, before he joined the Tasmanian Education Department, was headmaster of St David’s National Higher Grade School, Merthyr, South Wales. Colonel Joliffe, at the age of 16, entered the offices of the Treasury in Hobart, and was subsequently transferred to the audit branch of the Commonwealth Defence Department in Melbourne. He received instructions to proceed to Egypt at the outbreak of war, in connection with audit work, and was shortly afterwards promoted to the position of chief paymaster to the Anzac force in Londay. (sic) The Mercury (Hobart), Mon 18 Aug 1930: DEATHS JOLLIFFE – On August 16, 1930, at her residence, Bellerive, Magdalene, relict of the late Henry Jolliffe.