• Lilian Constance Keys

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    Young, NSW, Australia

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    • KEYS, Lilian Constance - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 10 March 2016

    Born on the 8th October 1889 in Young, NSW – daughter of Edward KEYS & Louisa Emily HOWARD – who married in Yass in 1887 Resident at “Rehall”, O’Connelltown, Yass, NSW 1916 Edward, a former School Teacher and Orchardist, died in April 1938 at the Yass District Hospital, age 77. Louisa died 2/7/1957, age 90 Siblings: William E b.1888 Yass; Cecil Gibson b.1891 Young – Pte 22989, Signals – d.1/7/1967 RGH, Concord, NSW; Emily E b.1893 Young; Muriel C b.1895 Captains Flat; Charles Wesley b.1897 Captains Flat – Pte 2692, 56th Bn – d.10/8/1938 at Gloucester House, Sydney, age 41; Kathleen b.1899 Captains Flat; Edward Howard b.28/4/1900 Captains Flat – WW1: Enlisted 1918, didn’t sail – WW2; Arthur b.1904 Yass; Religion: Methodist Trained in nursing at the Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney – completing her training in 1915 WW1: Served first at No.4 AGH for 11 weeks Embarked in Sydney on the RMS Kashgar 3/9/1916 – disembarking Bombay 26/9/1916, and posted to the Victoria War Hospital Transferred to Deccan War Hospital, Poona 10/5/1917 She was then placed on transport duty, embarking on the hospital ship Madras 27/9/1918, travelling between Vladivostock and Vancouver Promoted to Sister 1/10/1918 Resigned her appointment 30/12/1918 on account of marriage Married Alfred George Harrison (Fred) CARRUTHERS on the 30/12/1918 at the Metropolitan Methodist Church in Vancouver, Canada. The Deputy-Commissioner of the Chinese Customs Service, Fred had boarded the Madras on his return to the UK on furlough, and following a whirlwind 3 week romance, the couple married before continuing on to England. The couple, living in China, travelled again to the UK via Canada, on the Melita, arriving Liverpool 7/2/1919 Their address whilst in England to be 3 Cranbourne Court, Albert Bridge Rd, Battersea Park, London. They also travelled from Australia to Canada in 1921 on the Makura They were residing at Bueno Vista, Point Rd, Woolwich, NSW in 1930, 1933 (retired) 5 Point Rd, Woolwich 1936, 1937 Fred died 21/6/1942 Hunters Hill, NSW Lilian living at 7 Point Rd, Woolwich, NSW 1943, 1949, 1954, 1958 She applied for Repat in 1959 Resident of Unit 12, Blues Pt Towers, Blues Pt Rd, North Sydney 1963, 1968 Fred born 26/2/1870 Inverness, Scotland – son of Walter & Mary McLeod (nee Ferguson) – died 21/6/1942 Hunters Hill, NSW – privately cremated. Educated Fettes College, Edinburgh Employed as a 4th Assistant B in Swatow, China in 1889 Married Norah Lydia BOYD 6/4/1899 Bayswater, England Deputy-Commissioner of the Chinese Customs Service Boarded the HS Madras at Shanghai on furlough to the UK Son Jack – Flight Lieut, RAF, WW2 The Burrowa News (NSW), Fri 25 Jun 1915 (p.1): Nurse Lily Keys, Yass, will go to the Military Base Hospital, London, this month. Nurse Keys, who is a niece of Mr E. Howard, solicitor, and a native of Yass, has just completed her nurse’s course at the Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Wed 5 Mar 1919 (p.1) IN A NUTSHELL Mr E. Keys, of O’Connellstown, Yass, received advice from Vancouver that his daughter, Nurse Lillian Keys, of the Australian Army Nursing Service, had been married to Mr A Carruthers, deputy-Commissioner of the Chinese Customs Service, in romantic circumstances, after an acquaintance of three weeks. After 30 years’ service in China, Mr Carruthers joined the ambulance transport Madras at Shanghai, and set out for Canada on furlough to the Old Country. It happened that on board the Madras there were five nursing sisters of the Australian Army Nursing Service, and one of these was Miss Lillian Keys. Three weeks later, on December 30 last, at the Metropolitan Methodist Church, Vancouver, Miss Keys became Mrs Carruthers. The next night the happy couple left fro England. Only a few friends from the Madras witnessed the ceremony. The bride belongs to one of the best-known families in the southern district. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 23 Jun 1942: DEATHS CARRUTHERS – June 21, 1942, A.G.H. (Fred) Carruthers, late of Inverness, Scotland, also China, beloved husband of Lilian and father of Flight-Lieutenant Jack Carruthers, RAF. Privately cremated. Cootamundra Herald (NSW), Tue 30 Jun 1942 (p.3): PERSONAL The death occurred on Thursday last, at his late residence at Woolwich, of Mr A.G.H. (Fred) Carruthers. He is survived by his widow and son, Flight-Lieut Jack Carruthers, R.A.F. Mrs Carruthers was Miss Lilian Keys, daughter of the late Mr Edward Keys and Mrs Keys, of Yass. Sister Lilian Carruthers, as she then was, went overseas to World War 1, and her name is recorded on the Yass honor roll at the Soldiers’ Memorial. She was married at Vancouver, and when her husband retired they came to Australia to live. Notes: [Photo of Lilian & 2 of her brothers Charles Wesley (2692) & Cecil Gibson (22989) on the Yass & District Historical Society website] The I.G. in Peking: letters of Robert Hart, Chinese Maritime…., Vol 1: Hongkong, 18 July 1886 Dear Campbell, Take note that a nomination has been given to Mr Alfred Carruthers, aged 16, now at Fettes College Edinburgh; he is to be summoned for a “qualifying examination” in 1889-90, or sooner if vacancies permit and, if qualified, is to be sent out here as a 4th Asst. B. His sponsors are the Marshes here at H’kong, and if he applies to you for advice or information, kindly supply it. Yours truly, Robert Hart. I, Alfred George Harrison Carruthers, British, joined the Customs as 4th assistant B at Swatow in February 1889. Father’s Obit 1938: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/99637459