• Myrtle Linda Kirk

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Camperdown, VIC, Australia

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    • KIRK, Myrtle Lynda - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 15 March 2016

    Myrtle was born on the 2nd of July 1891 in Camperdown, Vic (reg. Darlington) – daughter of William John KIRK & Elizabeth BELL – who married in Vic in 1890 Address in 1917: “Kirkee” Orrong Rd, East St Kilda William, a former Blacksmith, died in 1927 at Caulfield, age 68, and Elizabeth died on the 12/12/1928 at Elsternwick, age 63 Sibling (1): Robert Baird b.1893 Darlington – Plumber – WW1: Pte 18163, 6th Fld Amb, 3/1/16-12/6/19 – d.1977 Vic, age 84 Religion: Presbyterian Trained in nursing at the Alfred Hospital for 3 years WW1: Served first at the Caulfield Military Hospital Embarked in Melbourne 12/6/1917 on the RMS Mooltan – disembarking Suez 19/7/1917, and re-embarking 25/7/1917 at Alexandria on the Gorgon for Salonika Arriving Salonika 30/7/1917, she was posted for duty to the 66th General Hospital (GH), before being transferred to the 52nd General Hospital 29/8/1917 Admitted to the 43rd General Hospital 19/4/1918 with an undiagnosed debility – then transferred to the Sisters Convalescent Home 27/4/1918, from where she was discharged back to the 52nd GH 11/5/1918 Appointment terminated 12/6/1918 on account of marriage Married Arthur Joseph O’MEARA (Lieut, RASC) on the 12/6/1918 in Salonika Following her marriage she returned to temporary duty at the 42nd GH 22/6/1918, and then the 52nd GH 3/7/1918, before finally embarking for Egypt on the Kashgar 13/7/1918 en route for return to Australia – arriving at Port Said 16/7/1918 Myrtle then joined the HS Kanowna on the 22/7/1918 at Suez, and returned to Australia still on nursing duty Arthur first served as a Lieut with the RASC (MT) in Salonika from Sept 1916, before being promoted to Captain. Still later he reverted to a Lieut in the Indian Army. He was a Barrister by profession, and eventually a High Court Judge in Khartoum, Sudan. Children (2): 1. Barry Aiden b.c1920 – KIA 1945 2. Desmond K b.Jul-Sep Qtr 1923 Kensington, England 1921: On the 22/2/1921 Arthur arrived in London from Bombay on the Morea (possibly having gone via Sydney) – his permanent address given as Mesopotamia. 1921: Myrtle (age 27) and her 2 year old son Barry embarked in London 5/8/1921 on the Malwa for Egypt, en-route for Sudan 1922: Myrtle (age 27) traveled from Port Sudan on the Dunvegan Castle with her 2 year old son Barry, arriving London 28/3/22 – going to Dublin. (Permanent address – Sudan) 1923: Myrtle applied for her medals – address shown as: District Judges’ Residence, El Damer, Sudan. 1924: Myrtle and her 2 sons, Barry 4 and Desmond 8mths left Soudan on the City of Canterbury, and arrived in London 2/4/1924 – their address to be 53 Abingden Villas, Kensington 1931: Arthur & Myrtle left Port Sudan on the Staffordshire, and arrived Tilbury – Gravesend on the 27/7/1931 (Permanent address – Sudan) 1944: Arthur (age 51, High Court Judge, Sudan) left from Port Said on the TSS Tyndareus and arrived Liverpool 23/2/1944. Myrtle died in the Oct-Dec Qtr 1974 Tonbridge, Kent, England Camperdown Chronicle (Vic), Tue 14 Jul 1891 (p.2): BIRTH KIRK – On the 2nd July, at Camperdown, the wife of W.J. Kirk, of Darlington, of a daughter, both doing well. The Colac Herald (Vic), Wed 16 Jun 1915 (p.2): NOTES AND EVENTS Nurse Kirk, from the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, is spending her holidays with friends in Colac. Colac Reformer (Vic), Sat 17 Aug 1918 (p.3): PERSONAL Staff Nurse Muriel [sic] Kirk, daughter of Mr Wm. Kirk, formerly of Colac, who has been on duty with other Australian nurses at Salonika is returning to Australia. The Times, Thur Mar 8, 1945: FORTHCOMING MARRIAGES MR B.A.J. O’MEARA AND MISS M.M. DE FONBLANQUE The engagement is announced between Barry A.J. O’Meara, Lieutenant, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards (attached Commandos), elder son of his Honour Judge Arthur J. O’Meara, Law Courts, Khartoum, Sudan, and Mrs O’Meara, Quay Cottage, Polperro, Cornwall, and Margaret Mary de Fonblanque, Cadet Ensign, F.A.N.Y., C.M.F., younger daughter of the late Major-General P. de Fonblanque, D.S.O., and Mrs de Fonblanque, The Red House, Little Yeldham, Essex. The Times, Tue Mar 20, 1945: ON ACTIVE SERVICE O’MEARA – In March 1945, killed in action, LIEUT BARRY AIDEN O’MEARA, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, att. Commando, C.M.F., darling son of H.H. Judge O’Meara, Law Courts, Khartoum, and Mrs O’Meara, Polperro, Cornwall, brother of Desmond and fiancé of Margaret Mary de Fonblanque. Notes: Her death registration incorrectly gives her DOB as 2/7/1894 The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 13 Dec 1928 (p.1): DEATHS KIRK – On the 12 December, at private hospital, Elsternwick, Elizabeth, widow of the late William John, and loving mother of Myrtle and Robert Kirk, aged 63 years. (Private interment)