• Mary Catherine Lamb

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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    • LAMB, Mary Catherine - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 11 March 2016

    Mary was born on the 21st of March 1880 in Brisbane, Qld – the daughter of Frederick Alfred LAMB & Bridget HART – who married in Qld in 1863 Bridget died in 1910, age 67 Siblings: John Edmund b.1865 – d.1895; Alfred Frederick b.1867 – Shire Engineer – d.1941; & twins born 1876: Margaret Ellen – d.1876 & Amelia Kathleen – marr Alexander Hazlitt HUNTER 1910 Qld – d.1947 NSW Trained in nursing at the Brisbane General Hospital Brisbane Hospital 1913 Matron of the Gayndah District Hospital from March 1917 until June 1917, at which time she was accepted for service with the AANS WW1: On enlistment she gave her age as 29 (when she was actually 37) – and her sister (Mrs AH) Amelia Hunter of Alexander St, Townsville as her next-of-kin She joined the AANS on the 20/6/1917, serving in Brisbane, before embarking 15/9/1917 on the A33 Ayrshire for Egypt – disembarking Suez 27/10/1917 Served first at the 27th General Hospital, Abbassia, before transferring to the 14th Australian General Hospital (AGH), Port Said 23/3/1918 She then joined the Convalescent Home at Alexandria from 20/6/1918 – 28/6/1918 Admitted as a patient to the 14th AGH, Port Said, 6/8/1918 with Dyspepsia – and discharged back to duty 11/8/1918 – followed by another bout of Dyspepsia 23/10/1918 – 25/10/1918 Admitted to the 14th AGH, Abbassia with Influenza 10/1/1919 – and rejoined for duty on the 16/1/1919 She then resigned her appointment on the 3/3/1919 in consequence of her marriage Married Francois Brousse de GERSIGNY (Lieut, Brit Army) on the 3rd of March 1919 at the Garrison R.C. Chapel, 14th AGH, Cairo, Egypt Living in Natal, Sth Africa in Nov 1919 Died suddenly on the 8th of November 1920 at Durban, Sth Africa Francois Brousse de GERSIGNY b.c1893 son of Constant Brousse de Gersigny (Natal Sugar Factory owner) Pre-war Francois was a Sugar Planter in Natal, SA WW1: Tpr F1538, 3rd Natal Mounted Rifles – Lieut, 75th Division Ammunition Column – 270th Brigade Royal Field Artillery The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld), Sat 24 Feb 1917 (p.12): FOR WOMEN Miss Lamb, who was the successful applicant for the matron’s position at the Gayndah Hospital, will take charge next Wednesday. There were four other applicants, ………. Daily Standard (Brisbane, Qld), Thur 28 Jun 1917 (p.4): PERSONAL Miss Lamb, who has held the position of matron of the Gayndah District Hospital for a considerable time, has been accepted for military service abroad. Before leaving Gayndah she was made the recipient of a wristlet watch and a testimonial from the hospital committee, and she was also presented with a brooch and a fountain pen by the hospital staff. Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld), Sat 15 Sept 1917 (p.1): SOCIAL GOSSIP Among the nurses who passed through Warwick last week on their way to the front was Sister M.C. Lamb, of the Brisbane General Hospital, and late matron of the Gayndah Hospital. Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), Wed 9 Nov 1921 (p.4): IN MEMORIAM DE GERSIGNY – In affectionate remembrance of my dear aunt, Mrs F. de Gersigny (Sister M.C. Lamb, late A.I.F., Egypt), wife of Lieut F. de Gersigny (late Imperial Army Forces, Egypt), died suddenly at Durban, November 8, 1920. Her loving niece, Marjorie Hunter.