• Beatrice De Veaux

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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    Canterbury 8011, New Zealand

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    • DE VEAUX, Beatrice – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 18 July 2015

    Born in 1877 at Christchurch, NZ – daughter of Augustus Frederick DE VEAUX & Annie Dahl THOMPSON – who married at Thornbank, NZ 5/5/1869 Address: Chester St, Christchurch Augustus, an Accountant, died 17/8/1906 at Chester St, age 74 Annie died 17/7/1934 Christchurch, NZ, age 84 Siblings: Annie Mary Geraldine b.1870; Frederick Robert b.1871; Launcelot b.1873; Edmund Gilbert b.1875; Ethel Alice b.1878; Margaret Blanche b.1879 Received a musical education at Canterbury College, NZ Trained in nursing at the Christchurch Hospital, NZ Living NZ in 1911 Served for 10 months at 4th AGH Randwick, & Barracks WW1: Embarked Sydney 3/9/1916 on SS Kashgar & disembarked Bombay 26/9/1916 Posted to Cumballa War Hospital, Bombay 26/9/16 Transferred to Deccan War Hosp, Poona 15/12/16 Promoted Temp Sister whilst in India, Mesopotamia or on duty at sea 1/1/1918 To be Sister 3/9/1918 Resigned appointment 3/3/1919 on account of marriage 4/3/19 (this is incorrectly shown as April on some forms) Married Edward John RADFORD (Lieut, Rifle Brigade) 4/3/1919 All Saints’ Church, Kirkee, Poona, India Beatrice & Edward returned to Australia together on the Chemnitz, embarking 14/4/1920 Address on return: “Manica”, Gilgandra Rd, Bondi, NSW Edward was the Teacher at Parkville Public School in 1925 Beatrice died 1/10/1925 at the school house, Parkville, NSW (reg. Scone) – following a an illness of a couple of months – she was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Scone, NSW Edward re-married on the 26/6/1926 at Manly Edward born c1870 Wigan, Lancashire had been previously married, with children – and was a Head Schoolmaster in 1911 in Newton in Makerfield, Lancashire Sun (NZ), Vol V, Issue 1427, 9 Sept 1918 (p.2): THE SOCIAL ROUND The engagement is announced of Sister Beatrice de Veaux, daughter of Mrs de Veaux, Chester Street, who received her training at the Christchurch Hospital, and for the past two years has been on the staff of the Deccan British War Hospital, Poona, India, to Lieut Edward John Radford, formerly of Lancashire, England, now stationed at Poona, India. Kai Tiaki: the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, 1919, page 145: Marriages RADFORD – DE VEAUX – One of the prettiest weddings recently seen in the Poona district took place at All Saints’ Church, Kirkee, on Tuesday, March 4th (says the “Deccan Herald” of India), when Lieutenant E.J. Radford, of the Rifle Brigade (attached to the Military Accounts Department), was united in wedlock to Beatrice de Veaux, of the Australian Army Nursing Service. The service, which was fully choral, was conducted by the Rev C.P. Graydon Tibbs, Senior Chaplain, assisted by the Rev W.W. Alsop, Chaplain of the Deccan British War Hospital, where for the past three years the bride has been one of the senior sisters. The bride, who was given away by Lieut Colonel Winter, R.A.M.C., Officer Commanding the Deccan Hospital, was charmingly attired in a dress of white ivory charmeuse with ninon top and white picture hat, and carried a shower bouquet of white flowers. She was attended by Sisters Farquahar and Campbell as bridesmaids, both of whom looked dainty in their gowns of blue, and carried bouquets of pink roses. Major Macfie, of the bridegroom’s regiment, Assistant Judge Advocate-General to the Southern Army, acted as “best man.” After the ceremony a reception was held at the Nurses’ Quarters by the matron and sisters of the Deccan Hospital, after which the happy couple left for Khandala amid the good wishes of their numerous friends. The bride’s going-away dress was of cream gabardine, with hat of pink georgette veiling roses. Miss de Veaux is well known in Christchurch, where she was nursing for some time. Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW), Sun 1 Aug 1920 (p.5): Imperial Service Men’s Association At a meeting of the Council of the Association Capt. E.J. Radford was appointed secretary from over 40 applicants. Capt. Radford has seen five years’ active service, the latter 2½ years holding an important administrative position in India. He has had over 20 years’ experience of different secretarial work, and has taken an active part in public life as a municipal councilor and speaker on social, political and economic problems. Ex-service men wishing to join the Association or consult Capt. Radford are invited to call at the office of the Association, Bull’s Chambers, 5th Floor, 14 Moore-street. The Scone Advocate (NSW), Fri 2 Oct 1925 (p.2): MRS E.J. RADFORD The death took place under very sad circumstances, at Parkville yesterday morning, of Mrs Radford, wife of Mr E.J. Radford, teacher of the local Public School. Since coming to Parkville with her husband, some months ago, the late Mrs Radford had been in most indifferent health, and only on Saturday last returned home from the Scott Memorial Hospital, in which Institution she had been an inmate very seriously indisposed for eight weeks. Her condition had slightly improved, but a sudden relapse was experienced early this week, and the patient never rallied. The late Mrs Radford, who was 48 years of age, was a woman of very bright disposition, and made many friends during the brief period she resided at Parkville. A native of New Zealand, she had several years’ service to her credit in the capacity of a nurse at the Great War, in which her husband, who is an Englishman, also figured. Mrs Radford’s mother has been at Parkville for some weeks, and she, together with Mr Radford, who has no relatives in Australia, and other members of the family have our sympathy in the sorrowful occurrence. The Scone Advocate (NSW), Tue 6 Oct 1925 (p.2): OBITUARY THE LATE MRS E.J. RADFORD The funeral of the late Mrs Radford, wife of Mr E.J. Radford, of Parkville, took place on Friday last, when the widespread manifestations of sympathy for the husband and family in the sorrowful event were evidenced by the lengthy and representative character of the cortege, in addition to the large number of beautiful floral tributes from sympathizing friends. Interment was made in the Church of England Cemetery, Scone, where the Rev. Canon Cadell officiated. Previously at St John’s Church, Parkville, the Canon, in referring to the sad and untimely passing of Mrs Radford, offered condolence to the bereaved. He referred to the exemplary record of the deceased lady in the Great War, when because of her love for her Empire, the spirit of patriotism asserted itself, and in giving succour to the wounded – she was a member of the great and noble nursing unit – had her own health impaired to such an extent that she never properly recuperated, and now in subsequent years the toll of her bravery, self-sacrifice, and devotion has been exacted. Hers would be a cherished memory, and those endeared to her had the heartfelt sympathy of all newly-made friends and aquaintances in the district. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 6 Oct 1925: DEATHS RADFORD – October 1, 1925, at the school house, Parkville, NSW, Beatrice, beloved wife of Edward John Radford (late Sister de Veaux, AIF). The Scone Advocate (NSW), Fri 9 Oct 1925 (p.2): THE LATE MRS E.J. RADFORD AN APPRECIATION …………………………………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/157012772 The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 13 Jul 1926: MARRIAGES RADFORD – WILLCOCKS – June 26, 1926, at Manly, by the Rev Dr Burgess, Edward John Radford (late Captain the Rifle Brigade) to Amy Mary Willcocks, of Manly.