• Emily Cornelia Parish

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    • PARISH, Emily Cornelia (Corrie) - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 6 January 2016

    Born in the Jan-Mar Qtr of 1890 at Penmaenmaur, Caernarvonshire, Wales – daughter of the Rev Dr William John PARISH & Grace DAVIES William was a School master in 1891 in Caernarvonshire, Wales, then a CofE Clergyman in 1901 Yorkshire, England. He came to Australia with his wife in 1905 and took over the parish at Katanning in Western Australia, where Corrie joined them at the beginning of 1908. In 1915 they were at The Rectory, Midland Junction – later at St Mary’s, Beverley – moving to St Alban’s Rectory, Perth in April 1919 Grace died 31/1/1920, age 60 William who remarried in 1924 to Enid A. CULLEN, died 24/11/1936 Mt Lawley, WA, age 71 Sibling: William Oscar b.1893 Wales (Rev) – marr Elsie BOOTHROYD 1920 Yorkshire – d.19/9/1946 UK Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at Perth Public Hospital for 3 years Charge Nurse, Theatre, Melville House, Albany, WA Private Nursing Member of the A.T.N.A. WW1: Embarked 22/7/1915 on the A67 Orsova with the 2nd Australian General Hospital (AGH) Returned to Australia on duty on board the No. 1 Hospital Ship Karoola 4/12/1915 [RTA on duty on the HS Karoola 12/4/1916] Attached for duty with the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall 16/10/1916 Also served at Bagthorpe Hospital Proceeded O/S to 2nd AGH, France & TOS 28/2/1917 Posted for duty to No.2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station (ACCS), 21/12/1917 together with Katie Rees Transferred to the 10th Stationary Hospital, St Omer 11/3/1918 while the 2nd ACCS was being moved from the Outersteene area to Ana Jana Siding near Hazebrouck – returning to the 2nd ACCS 6/4/1918 – evacuated back to the 10th SH 12/4/18 while the CCS moved again to Blendecques – returning to the 2nd ACCS 17/4/18 Proceeded to the 25th General Hospital with Sister Grace Guthrie 9/7/1918 (11/7/1918) Resigned her appointment in consequence of marriage 13/1/1919 Married George Guyatt GARDINER, (Capt, 13th Bn) on the 13/1/1919 at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London – being given away by her brother William The couple had met on the Hospital Ship Karoola in 1916, when George was returning home for a 6 month change with a fractured patella, and Corrie was a member of the nursing staff Returned to Australia as a member of the Nursing Staff on the same ship as her husband, the Nevasa, embarking England 5/3/1919 and disembarking into quarantine at Albany, WA on the 13/4/1919 Children (5): *Grace Monica Patricia b.31/10/1919 Chatswood – WW2 – d.26/12/1958; *John b.22/8/1921 Roseville; *Mary Elizabeth b.10/1/1924 Roseville – WW2; *Geoffrey William b.c1926 – d.16/6/1939, age 13; *Judith Noel Resident “Melville,” Edmund St, Chatswood, NSW in 1921 – moved from Chatswood to Bridge Rd, Narrabeen in 1930 – living 2 Princess St, Burwood in 1935 – 31 Melody St, Randwick East (Coogee) 1943 – 3 Riviera, Brook St, Coogee 1949 Died 27/2/1959 at Hospital, NSW, age 69 – late of Coogee Cremated at Rookwood George Guyatt GARDINER born 9/4/1891 Randwick, NSW – son of Henry & Elizabeth Civil Servant – an officer in the Federal Land Tax Department (for 3 years) 4 years Scottish Rifles Regt; 2 years 28th Bn Snr Cadets (Redfern area) Footballer with the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union (1st grade) Team WW1: Captain, 13th Bn – enlisted 1/11/1914 Wounded 26/4/1915 Gallipoli – hospitalized in England – returning to the Peninsula 17/8/1915 Fractured Patella 7/1/1916 Ismailia– invalided home on the HS Karoola 12/4/1916 for 6 months change To England Nov 1916 – proceeded O/S to France 12/3/1917 – reported missing 11/4/1917 – POW Germany (see statement in records) Repatriated to England 14/12/1918 RTA Nevasa 5/3/1919 – 13/4/1919 (5th MD) enlisted 2nd MD WW2 – Capt, Recruiting Staffs Foundation & Life Member of the NSW Ex-Prisoners of War Association Member of the Gallipoli Legion of Anzacs Club Member of the Blinded Soldier’s Association Died on the 9/8/1952 at Randwick Repatriation Hospital – cremated Rookwood Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW), Sun 13 Apr 1919 (p.15): WOMEN’S NEWS Captain George G. Gardiner, an Anzac of the 13th Battalion, and youngest son of the late Mr Henry Gardiner, of Randwick, and Mrs Gardiner, of Bellevue Hill, was married at St Margaret’s, Westminster, London, on Jan. 13, to Sister Emily Cornelia (Cornie) Parish, only daughter of the Rev. Doctor W.G. and Mrs Parish, of Beverley, W.A. The bride might also be termed an Anzac, as she began her military nursing with the 1st Division. She was given away by her brother, the Rev. W. Parish. Capt. J. Fox, of Sydney, was best man. Captain and Mrs Gardiner are now on the homeward journey to Sydney. Captain Gardiner was a prisoner of war in Germany for 18 months. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Fri 25 Apr 1919 (p.4): Mainly About People At St Margaret’s, Westminster, on January 13, Capt George Gardiner, 13th Battalion, A.I.F., of Sydney, who has recently been repatriated from Germany, was married to Miss Emily Cornelia Parish, only daughter of the Rev. Dr. W.J. and Mrs Parish, of Beverley (W.A.). The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. Makeham (W.A.), Acting Senior Chaplain to the A.I.F., and Capt Fox (A.I.F.) was best man. A reception was afterwards held at the Hyde Park Hotel. Great Southern Herald (Katanning, WA), Sat 26 Apr 1919 (p.3): Returning Troops West Australian troops to the number of four officers, one nurse, and 177 men of other ranks were disembarked at the Albany quarantine station on the 13th inst., from the B.I.S.N. Co’s ss Nevassa for seven day’s precautionary treatment, and released on Sunday last. Arriving at Katanning at 6.30 p.m., they were entertained by the newly-formed Entertainment Committee, ……………. This band of warriors were nearly all ex-prisoners of war from the various scenes of operations, …………….. Aboard the train was also Mrs Gardiner (nee Corrie Parish, daughter of Dr Parish, of Beverley, and wife of Captain Gardiner), who was described by one of the boys as “one of the best and the light of the train.” Mrs Gardiner left W.A. in the early period of the war to do her duty to King and Empire as a nurse. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146191844 The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW), Fri 2 May 1919 (p.8): A TRANSPORT ROMANCE Captain George G. Gardiner, youngest son of the late Mr Henry Gardiner, of Randwick, and Mrs Gardiner, Bellevue Hill, has every reason to remember the famous quote from the equally famous bard: “All’s well that ends well.” Over four years ago he got into khaki, and Anzac Day has special significance for him, for he saw the Gallipoli stunt right through, then went on to Egypt, and from the land of Pyramids, sand, and heat, was transferred to France, where the big guns boomed in earnest. He saw the great war from the thousand and one angles offered by many of the historical battles. Then one day there was a transport journey, and on board a pretty nursing sister, who had all told four years service to her credit. Before the journey was finished there was a ring on a slim but toil-worn hand, and they went their separate ways, eventually trusting to the luck that might bring them together again some day. Captain Gardiner’s next interlude was “prisoner of war” in Germany, and there he remained for 18 months, till by and by the luck did stand good, and, at St Margaret’s, Westminster, England, a little while ago, there was a smart military wedding, when Sister Emily Cornelia (Cornie) Parish, only daughter of the Rev. Doctor W.J. and Mrs Parish, changed her name to Gardiner, and became a real daughter of Australia, though she happened already to be the sister of an Anzac. Captain Fox, of Sydney, was best man, and the confetti throwing and health drinking happened at the Hyde Part Hotel, London, the honeymooners squandering one whole month in Wales before turning face for home, which is Sydney. The young captain and his bride have reached Fremantle, and are expected by a transport almost immediately. There is a white-haired and proud little mother waiting to greet them both, and consumed with impatience to see what “My boy looks like after those vile months in Germany.” Great Southern Herald (Katanning, WA), Wed 21 May 1919 (p.2): NEWS and NOTES In referring to the marriage of Sister E.C. Parish, daughter of Rev. Dr. Parish, formerly of Katanning, but now of St Albans, Perth, an eastern exchange says: “News comes of the marriage of Captain George Gardiner, of the 13th Battalion, to Sister Corrie Parish, (W.A.). They met on the Karoola in 1915, when Captain Gardiner was returning from Gallipoli with a badly-wounded leg and the pretty Sister was working as one of the ship’s staff. He was given a Home Service job in Sydney, but tired of it and pushed back into the A.I.F. By the end of 1916 he was with his battalion in France, and he finished up by being wounded again and taken prisoner by the Huns. Sister Parish was almost as near the front line as he was most of the time. She was working in the C.C.S. at Steenwerk when the Germans decided to begin their 1918 Spring offensive. Boche airmen flew over and dropped leaflets warning those in charge of the clearing-station to get the patients away, and to go themselves, as the town, station and railway line were to be bombarded. Sister Parish was one of the last nurses to leave, and she took with her a brother-officer of her fiancé, who had been dangerously wounded in a German raid a few days earlier.” The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Thur 25 Aug 1921 (p.6): BIRTHS GARDINER – August 22, at Nurse Large’s private hospital, Roseville, to Mr and Mrs G.G. Gardiner, of Edmund-street, Chatswood – a son. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 19 Jan 1924 (p.16): BIRTHS GARDINER – January 10, 1924, at Nurse Large’s hospital, Roseville, to Mr and Mrs George G. Gardiner – A daughter, Mary Elizabeth. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 11 Dec 1926 (p.14): BIRTHS GARDINER – December 3, at Nurse Large’s hospital, Roseville, the wife of G.G. Gardiner, of Chatswood – a daughter. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 17 Jun 1939 (p.16): DEATHS GARDINER – June 16, 1939, Geoffrey William Gardiner, beloved son of George and Corrie Gardiner, of 10 Princes Street, Burwood, and dear brother of Monica, Jack, Mary, and Judith, aged 13 years. At rest. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Mon 11 Aug 1952 (p.10): DEATHS GARDINER, George Guyatt – August 9, 1952, late 13th Battn., First A.I.F., at Randwick Repatriation Hospital, darling husband of Corrie and beloved father of Monica, Jack, Mary, Geoffrey (deceased), and Judith, and loved grandfather of Geoffrey, Robert, Barbara, and Phillip, aged 61 years. May he rest in peace. Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Feb 28, 1959 (p.72): DEATHS GARDINER, Emily Cornelia – February 27, 1959, at hospital, late of 7B Bream Street, Coogee, dearly beloved wife of the late Captain George Gardiner and loved mother of Monica (deceased), Geoffrey (deceased), John, Mary and Judith, loved mother-in-law of Val, Don, and Pat, and dear grandmother of their children, aged 69 years. FUNERALS GARDINER – The Relatives and Friends of the late EMILY CORNELIA GARDINER, of 7B Bream Street, Coogee, are invited to attend her Funeral, which will leave the Christ Church St. Laurence, George Street, Sydney, Next (Monday) Morning after service commencing at 10.30 o’clock, for the Rookwood Crematorium.