• Frances Madge Killicoat

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Birth

    Burra, South Australia, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Cairo, Egypt

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    • KILLICOAT, Frances Madge - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 16 October 2015

    Madge was born on the 4/3/1889 in the family home at “Abberton Park”, Redruth (near Burra), SA – the daughter of Philip Lander KILLICOAT & Mary CAVE, who married on the 18/6/1874 at St Mary’s, Kooringa Philip took over the Abberton Park sheep farm, following his father’s death in 1886, until his own death on the 14/9/1911, age 67 – at which time it was taken over by his eldest son, John. Mary died on the 26/4/1940 in Adelaide Siblings: Jessie b.5/6/1875; Maria b.19/4/1877; Edith Mary b.10/1/1880 (Army Nursing Service 1909); John Cave b.1881; Ruth Olive b.10/6/1883; Constance Helen b.16/9/1884; Arthur Lander b.29/11/1887 – WW1: Lord Lovatt’s Scouts / Capt, Royal Scotts (att Royal Irish Fusiliers) – marr a Scottish lady before RTA – died in a car/train accident Jul 1927; Philip Darby b.12/6/1890 Redruth – WW1: Sgt 71, 3rd LH, DOW 19/9/1915 Mudros; David Hatton b.24/6/1892 Redruth – WW1: 157 / Lieut (DCM, Beersheba), 3rd LH – WW2; Edna Langshaw b.17/5/1895; Harry Ormonde b.10/10/1896 Burra – WW1: Dvr 30709, 7th FAB; Myles b.10/1/1898 Burra – WW1: Pte 3660, 50th Bn – WW2 Trained as a nurse at Adelaide Hospital – passed her ATNA Nurses Examination in December 1914 On staff at Hutchinson Hospital, Gawler, SA when she enlisted – having been appointed Charge Nurse in May 1915 WW1: Embarked 11/11/1915 on the Orsova with the 2nd AGH for Egypt, and taken on strength 9/12/1915 Embarked at Alexandria 26/3/1916 on Braemar Castle, to join the BEF – disembarked Marseilles 4/4/1916 Detached from 2nd AGH, Wimereux 29/6/1916 and to remain at Marseilles as Section No. 2AGH – returning to Wimereux 17/8/1916 UK Leave 9/2/1917 – 23/2/1917 Admitted to No. 14 Gen Hosp, Boulogne with Hay Fever 16/6/1917 – discharged 4/7/1917 with 21 days sick leave in England – rejoining the 2nd AGH Wimereux 25/7/1917 UK Leave 15/2/1918 – 1/3/1918 Posted for duty to the 1st Aust Casualty Clearing Station (ACCS) 14/3/1918 – then to 10th Stationary Hospital 12/4/1918 – 15th CCS 15/4/1918 – and back to 1st ACCS 28/4/1918 – 2nd ACCS 12/10/1918 – 1st ACCS 14/10/1918 Returned to duty at the 2nd AGH, Wimereux 16/10/1918 UK Leave 4/11/1918 – retained in England on completion of Leave & resigned 18/11/18 due to marriage Married Stewart Osburn COWEN, AAMC on the 18/11/1918 in Scotland Left England Thur 12/12/1918 [NAA file MT1487/1 for F.F. COWEN – Sister (2nd AGH), non-AIF – embarked 10/12/1918 on Somali – free passage in return for service] See 1928 letter (p.17-19 of her Service Record) re her Victory medal: “I have had very indifferent health since the war especially for the last 7½ years so that I was not fearfully keen about any memory of that awful 4 years, it has been responsible for a good deal of sorrow in my own immediate family, it has also given me a large measure of happiness too.” Children (3 daughters): Margaret Stewart 1920 – 1987; Jocelyn Elizabeth 1924 – 1976; Ruth Living Kew, Vic 1921, 1929 Applied for Repat 1959 Died May 1974 Armadale, Vic, age 83 – cremated 16/5/1974 at Springvale Cemetery & her ashes scattered Stewart was born 6/1/1893 Eaglehawk – son of (Dr) Herbert Osburn COWEN & Elizabeth THORN WW1: served Sept 1914 – Aug 1915, and then was discharged to complete his medical course, re-enlisting 29/11/1916. RTA on the Burmah 14/12/1918 – 29/1/1919 Died 29/11/1946 [See Who’s Who in Australia] South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Wed 6 Mar 1889 (p.4): BIRTHS KILLICOAT – On the 4th March, at Abberton Park, Redruth, the wife of P.L. Killicoat, of a daughter. Burra Record (SA), Wed 14 Mar 1917: On Active Service Lieut Killicoat received a cable last week stating that Nurse Madge and her two brothers, Arthur and Harry Killicoat, were spending a fortnight’s furlough in England together. Burra Record (SA), Wed 26 Dec 1917: Our Boys at the Front News has been received that Sergeant David Killicoat, son of Mrs Killicoat of St Peter, and the late P.L. Killicoat, of Abberton Park, Burra, has received his commission. Lieut Killicoat left Australia on October 20th 1914, with the 3rd Light Horse, and with the exception of ten days leave in Cairo, has been on active service ever since. We heartily congratulate Lieut D. Killicoat. He is one of five brothers who have given their services for King and Country. A brother, the late Sergeant Darby Killicoat, was killed on Gallipoli on September 19th 1915. A daughter, Staff-Nurse Madge Killicoat is somewhere in France. By the last mail Mr J.C. Killicoat had letters from them all. Nurse Killicoat had quite unexpectedly met her three brothers, who are fighting in France, in England, while on furlough. The Mail (Adelaide), Sat 10 Aug 1918: Engagements COWEN – KILLICOAT The engagement is announced of Sister F. Madge Killicoat, No. 2 AGH, France, second daughter of the late Mr P.L. Killicoat, Abberton Park, Aberdeen, SA, and Mrs Killicoat, 54 Fifth Avenue, St Peters, to Captain Stewart O Cowen, M.B., B.S., AIF, France, only son of Dr H. Osburn Cowen, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria. The Register (Adelaide), Mon 16 Dec 1918: BIOGRAPHICAL PERSONAL NOTES Sister Madge Killicoat, who was trained at the Adelaide Hospital and left for the front in November 1915, was married last month in England to Capt (Dr) Stewart Cowen (formerly of Kew, Victoria). The Sister, who has served in Egypt and at Marseilles and Boulogne, is a daughter of Mrs Killicoat, of Fifth avenue, St Peters, and was engaged in private practice in South Australia prior to her departure from the State. She left England on the return voyage last Thursday. Burra Record (SA), Wed 23 Apr 1919: Burra Cheer-up Society On Thursday evening a large numbe of people assembled at the railway station to welcome home another of our noble women, Mrs Cowen – nee Sister Madge Killicoat – who has been away on active service for three and a half years. Much interest was taken in Mrs Cowen’s return on account of her long association with the Burra, she having lived here practically all her life. The ladies’ Band was present and played several selections and His Worship the Mayor, Mr E.W. Crewes, on behalf of the residents of Burra and District, spoke words of welcome to Mrs Cowen and thanked her for all she had done whilst at the front. On Thursday evening, April 24th, we are having a social at which we hope to welcome Mrs Cowen with a number of returned men. ….. Chronicle (Adelaide, SA), Sat 12 Jul 1924 (p.39): BIRTHS COWEN (nee Killicoat) – On the 18th June, at “Abberton”, Kew, Victoria, to Dr and Mrs S.O. Cowen – a daughter. Burra Record (SA), Tue 13 Jan 1942 (p.3): Burra Goes To Town Miss Margaret Cowen, daughter of Dr and Mrs Stewart Cowen, (nee Madge Killicoat) has been staying with her relatives the Norman Pearses. She is stenographer for one of the heads of the munitions department, and visists all the capital cities. The Argus, Mon 2 Dec 1946: DEATHS COWEN – On November 29, at a private hospital, Stewart Osburn Cowen, M.D., dearly loved husband of Madge, of 1 Lansell road, Toorak (Privately cremated November 30) Obit: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/22380489 The Argus, Tue 6 May 1947: TOORAK HELP FOR R M HOSPITAL Toorak auxiliary for the Royal Melbourne Hospital, annual meeting of which was held yesterday at the home of the president, Mrs S.O. Cowen, does a tremendous amount of sewing for the hospital, specializing in such things as pillow-slips and “nightingales.” It averages 65 articles a month. Notes: Photos of Madge & her 5 brothers: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/164143932 1915 Letter from her brother David: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/39035648 Abberton Park: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/108442995 Phillip’s Obit 1911: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/108337433 Obit of Dr H. Osburn Cowen 1944: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11361684