Born on the 9th November 1885 at Romsey, Vic – daughter of Julius JACOBSOHN & Mary Anne CRAVEN – who married at Darley (near Bacchus Marsh), Vic on the 23/5/1883.
Julius born c1855 Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg, Germany – came to Australia from England on the Great Britain, arriving 31/7/1874 – living Allendale 1883 – Storekeeper, Romsey, 1887 – Storekeeper, Barnawartha, 1891 – Naturalized 1891 – 54 Lorne St, Moonee Ponds 1903, Insurance Inspector – 26 Chaucer St, Moonee Ponds, 1909
Addresses during WW1: 26 Chaucer St, Moonee Ponds – 1914; 14 Learmouth St, Moonee Ponds – 1918
Siblings (reg under both JACOBSOHN & JACOBSON):
1. Friederike Ann b.18/5/1884 Allendale – marr Clement A. TYMMS 20/5/1903;
2. Henrietta Elizabeth b.9/7/1887 Bacchus Marsh – Chemist;
3. Caroline May b.1889 Chiltern – Nurse (Mooroopna Hosp, RVTNA);
4. Pauline Marie b.1891 Barnawartha – Typist;
5. Julius Rudolph b.28/6/1892 Essendon – Draper – WW1: Pte 48, 7th Bn – WIA Gallipoli, invalided home;
6. Paul Henrich b.1894 Chiltern – WW1: Pte 1312 – disch 1915, re-enlisted 14th Bn – Pte 2931, 29th Bn, Shell shock – RTA 1917;
7. Theresa Vic Theodosa b.1897 Barnawartha;
8. Bernhard Lionel b.26/9/1898 Barnawartha – Chemists Apprentice – WW1: Didn’t sail due to his parent’s objection;
9. Catherine Alberta Ruth b.1901 Essendon;
10. Fritz Alex b.1904 Essendon
Trained at Gippsland Hospital (3yrs)
Member of RVTNA 1909
2 years as head nurse at a Private Hospital in Sale
Theatre nurse & head nurse at Lumeah Private Hospital, Flinders Lane
12 months as Sister at Hobart Hospital
Alice was engaged to William Kinglake DE BOOS in May 1915 before they both embarked for overseas service
Embarked 18/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan with the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH) for Egypt
Detached from 1st AGH, Rouen & reported for duty with … British Gen Hosp, Rouen 13/4/16
14 days leave in England from the 8/11/16 – unfit for duty 20/11/16
TOS 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital (AAH), Southall 10/12/1916 from 3rd AGH, Brighton
Resigned on account of marriage 28/3/1917
Married William Kinglake DE BOOS (22nd Bn) on the 28/3 1917 at the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Southall, Middlesex
Address after marriage: 27 Bradford Rd, Wakefield, England
RTA with her son William on the Lancashire, departing England 8/2/1919
*William Wentworth Meade DE BOOS – born 30/12/1917 Wakefield, England – WW2: RAAF, 8/12/1940 – 1/9/1945, a Squadron Leader at RAF STN BOTTESFORD. (DFC & Bar) (NOK, Sheila DE BOOS)
*Mary Meade DE BOOS b.4/7/1919 Gilburn Private Hosp, Euroa – Law Clerk – lived with her parents until their deaths – she is buried with them at Springvale Cemetery – crem 28/2/1996
*Eric Meade DE BOOS b.22/12/1921 Birchip – married Joan FARRIN-WEBB
Living Euroa, then Birchip 1919, 1921 / Dimboola 1923, 1924 / 4 Briggs St, Caulfield 1937 / National Bank, Colac 1937, 1941, 1943, 1945 / 1263 High St, Malvern 1949, 1954 / 55 Brandon St, Glen Iris (Burwood) 1963, 1968, 1977
Applied for Repat in 1958
Died April 1969 Heidelberg, Vic, age 83
Buried Springvale Botanical Cemetery (Alwyn Lawn) 21/4/1969
William born 29/7/1884 Euroa, Vic – son of Charles Lane De BOOS (Estate Agent) & Mary Harriet MEADE
Accountant, National Bank, Colac – pre war
Bank Manager – post war (retired by 1949)
Sgt 363 (later Lieut), 22nd Bn
Embarked at Melbourne 8/5/1915 on the Ulysses
RTA 29/5/1919 on the Rio Negro
Died April 1978 Heidelberg, age 93
Buried 18/4/1978 Springvale Cemetery (Alwyn Lawn) with his wife
The Essendon Gazette….(Moonee Ponds, Vic), Thur 13 May 1915 (p.6):
MOTHERS OF ESSENDON BOYS MAKE PRESENTATION TO NURSE
The mothers of the men in No. 1 Machine Gun Section of 7th Battalion, now at the Dardanelles, met on Thursday afternoon, at the residence of Mrs A. Barker, “Cardella,” Waratah street, Ascot Vale, to make the acquaintance of Nurse Jacobsohn, who is leaving for the front in a few days. ………………………………………………
A pleasant afternoon was spent by all who availed themselves of the opportunity to present the nurse with a gift of £5 5s, subscribed by the mothers present. This presentation was made by the mothers of the men, to mark their appreciation of the gallant deeds of all the Australians in their baptism of fire. Mrs C. Middleton asked Nurse Jacobsohn to take charge of a parcel intended for the boys of this section, which was a present from her, and the nurse promised to hand it over to the first of them she should come in contact with. ………………………………………….
Federal Standard (Chiltern, Vic), Fri 21 May 1915 (p.2):
The engagement is announced between Miss Alice Jacobsohn, nurse, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Julius Jacobsohn, late of Barnawartha and now of Chaucer-street, Moonee
Ponds, and Private W. Kinglake De Boos, 22nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, youngest son of Mr Chas Lane De Boos, “Yera O,” Euroa. Both are leaving for the front early this month.
Euroa Gazette (Vic), Tue 10 Aug 1915 (p.3):
Extract from a letter of Corporal W.K. DeBoos
Heliopolis Camp, Egypt
“The heat here is intense, but being a dry heat, it is not so badly felt as on the boat coming through the Tropics. I have had two days leave, which gave me time for a good look round. ………………………………………………………………
Euroa Advertiser (Vic), Fri 18 Feb 1916 (p.3):
From SERGT W.K. DeBOOS
Ghezireh, Cairo, 17/12/15
Now that we are settled in our new quarters I am enjoying a little more comfort. ……..
Gippsland Mercury (Sale, Vic), Fri 16 Jun 1916 (p.3):
THE EVACUATION OF GALLIPOLI
NARRATED BY A FORMER SALEITE
So much has been written and said about the memorable evacuation of Gallipoli that any new light on the subject appears impossible to secure. On that and other war topics, however, Lieutenant W.K. De Boos, formerly accountant at the Sale branch of the National Bank, who was erroneously reported to have been killed, writing to his father, narrates some interesting facts. At the time of writing he was at the Australian Overseas Base, Ghezireh. “The Tel-el-Kebir camp,” he writes, “was an immense affair. It was estimated fully 60,000 Australians were there. …………………………………..
The Essendon Gazette and …………… (Moonee Ponds, Vic), Thur 23 Nov 1916 (p.6):
ST THOMAS RED CROSS GUILD
Among the letters read was the following: -
No.1 A.G.H., France, July 14th
St Thomas Red Cross, Essendon
Thank you very much indeed for the four dressing gowns which arrived last week.
They could not have arrived at a better time, as the weather here is so cold and we have been so busy.
You will know by the papers that we have been kept very busy since the rush.
Sister Homan and I are in the same ward, and we both come from Essendon, so we have the gowns for our boys.
I have also given two to two other wards.
Thanking you very much indeed.
Yours sincerely, ALICE JACOBSON
Gippsland Times (Vic), Mon 29 Jan 1917 (p.3):
SERGT W.K. DE BOOS
Writing from No.3 Park House Camp, Salisbury, early in December, Sgt W.K. De Boos, formerly of the National Bank at Sale, who was on service in Gallipoli and Egypt, states that there is no truth in the report that he was wounded. He had, at time of writing, been in England about three months doing a perish in the cold. He had been on staff work for a long time behind the firing line, through no fault of his own. A good soldier does as he is told, and circumstances or good luck had saved him from injury. He might be told off for a bit of strafing again soon, but hoped it would be in fine weather. He felt the English winter very severe after Egypt. Like most other Australians he was much taken with London, which he said, was just as dark at night as they read about. While on furlough he met Nurse Jacobson, formerly of Sale, who had just come over from France with Sister Bromley, also formerly of Sale. He had travelled to England via France, and passed the town Nurse Jacobsen was in, but had no opportunity to let her know. They all, including a Sergeant friend, went to Edinburgh. They had a jolly time; spent a day at Firth of Forth – a beautiful 10 mile motor trip – and saw the famous Forth bridge and other places of interest. They were fortunate enough to get on board H.M.A.S. Australia, and had a run round Admiral Beatty’s fleet in a naval launch. (This trip without the Nurses – not allowed for military reasons). Of course, they did Edinburgh Castle, and dropped back into history, back to the time of James 1, and Mary Queen of Scots. They rested in the private apartments of the latter, and afterwards entered the armoury, where strange weapons and armour were stored in those days. Sgt De Boos went to the famous Braid Golf links, but did not get a game. Sister Bromley has returned to duty in France, and Nurse Jacobsen was on duty at No. 2 Auxiliary, Southall.
Shepparton Advertiser (Vic), Mon 23 Apr 1917 (p.3):
An Anzac’s Marriage – The Bride a Nurse
The marriage of Sergt William Kinglake De Boos, youngest son of Mr and Mrs C.L. De Boos, of Euroa, and Sister Alice A. Jacobson, second daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Jacobson, of Essendon, was celebrated on March 28th, at Holy Trinity Church of England, Southall (near London). Both bride and bridegroom are on active service with the A.I.F.
Shepparton Advertiser (Vic), Thur 12 Jul 1917 (p.4):
ANZAC’S INTERESTING WEDDING
[description of wedding]
Euroa Advertiser (Vic), Fri 30 Nov 1917 (p.2):
A Lieutenant from Gippsland in a recent letter, ……………………………………
“I met a representative of the National Bank in Sergeant W.K DeBoos, who is in the same battalion as Lieut Col Wiltshire, and looks very well, even though he has lately married. Mrs DeBoos is also well-known to readers as Sister Jacobson.”
Leader (Melb, Vic), Sat 19 Jan 1918 (p.55):
DE BOOS (nee Sister Alice Jacobson, of Essendon) – On the 30th December 1917, at Wakefield, England, the wife of Sergeant W. Kinglake de Boos, A.I.F., of Euroa – a son.
Shepparton Advertiser (Vic), Mon 26 Aug 1918 (p.3):
Sergt W.K. DeBoos
Another Euroa soldier has distinguished himself. Sergt W.K. DeBoos arrived in England on June 20th on his way to an officer’s training college for six months. As the result of some excellent work done in the field on May 20th during a big attack, when he had a platoon taken over, he reached his objective, only losing six men. An inquiry was held, and Sergt DeBoos was recommended. Lt-Colonel Wiltshire wrote to Mrs DeBoos in Wakefield, telling her what good work her husband had done. Mrs DeBoos, of Euroa, also had a card from Lt-Col Wiltshire, confirming the good news, and saying it was a miracle he came out alive. Later news to hand states that Sgt DeBoos was in Harefield Hospital suffering from influenza and complications, and is progressing favorably.
Gippsland Time (Vic), Thur 27 Feb 1919 (p.3):
Mrs W.K. de Boos (known locally as Sister Jacobson), and her infant son left England for Australia by the “Lancashire” on February 8th. Her husband, Lieut de Boos left Australia on active service on May 18, 1915.
Euroa Advertiser (Vic), Fri 28 Nov 1919 (p.3):
Lieut W.K. DeBoos, who recently returned from active service, has been appointed manager of the Birchip branch of the National Bank.
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 31 Dec 1921 (p.1):
DEBOOS – On the 22nd December, at the National Bank, Birchip, the wife of W.K. DeBoos – a son.
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 28 Sept 1937 (p.12):
Mr W.K. de Boos, of Malvern, has been appointed manager of the National Bank at Colac in succession to Mr V.H. McKay, who is retiring.