• Nellie Alfreda Pike

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Staff Nurse

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    Wellington, NSW, Australia

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    • PIKE, Nellie Alfreda – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    Born on the 29th of August 1888 in Wellington, NSW – daughter of Alfred PIKE & Mary Matcham FARLOW – who married in Wellington in 1887 Residents of Wellington / Bathurst / Cremorne Alfred and Mary both died at their home in Cremorne; Alfred on the 8/8/1943, age 78, and Mary the following year on the 17/5/1944 Siblings (all born Wellington): Edith V J b.1887 – marr Raymond MORRIS 1922; Vida M b.1890 – marr CHAPMAN; Hilda M b.1892 – marr CAVE; Harry Ernest b.1894 – d.20/4/1929 Nth Sydney; Alfred Leo b.1895 – d.1972 Wyong; Fanny A b.1897 – d.1898; Jack W b.1899; Lorna E b.1901 – marr KIRKPATRICK; Phyllis M b.1902 – marr DOUST; Edna D b.1904 – marr CRAWFORD; Lucy A M b.1906 – marr McCORMICK; Genie I L b.1907 Trained at Bathurst District Hospital for 5 years, passing her final exam with the A.T.N.A. in June 1913 and resigning her position from 1/8/1913 – before taking up her new position as Head Nurse at the Molong Cottage Hospital She then resigned as Head Nurse at Molong in the November to take up a position at the Katoomba Hospital WW1: Embarked in Sydney 31/7/1915 on the RMS Orontes for Egypt Served with the 3rd Australian General Hospital (AGH) at Lemnos – from Sept 1915 Returned to Alexandria on the Oxfordshire, arriving 27/1/1916 Transferred to the Bulkley Rest Home, Abbassia 4/9/1916 – returning to duty on the 11/9/1916 Embarked on the Karoola 25/9/1916 and arrived Brighton, England 5/10/1916 – where the 3rd AGH took over the Kitchener War Hospital Sick to hospital 27/12/1916 Leave 7/1/1917 – 20/1/1917 Detached for duty with the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital (AAH), Harefield 23/3/1917 Detached for duty at the Australian Nurses Home, St Albans 5/9/1917 Discharged in consequence of marriage 28/9/1917 Married Charles George E.J. LAFFIN on the 28/9/1917 in St Albans, England She returned to Australia on the HT Gaika, embarking 8/11/1918 Children: *John Alfred Charles b.21/9/1922 Mena Private Hospital, NSW – WW1: Sgt NX69098, 6 Aust Detn Bck, served 1941-1945 – died 23/9/2000 (late of Canberra) – Military Historian – Founder and Patron-in-Memoriam of the FFFAIF *Patricia June – marr Glenn E. HART 1944 *Daphne – marr Keith TONGUE 1948 Resided in Liverpool, NSW 1921 / Grafton 1927 / 16 Central Ave, Westmead 1933 / Pennant Hills Rd, Carlingford 1935 / 24 Rutledge St, Eastwood 1937 / 59 Brookong Ave, Wagga Wagga, NSW 1941 / 44 Rangers Ave, Cremorne 1943, 1948 / 45 Clontarf St, Seaforth 1954, 1963 / 88 Clontarf St, Seaforth 1967 / 1/4 Laurence St, Manly 1972 Not long before her husband’s death in September 1948, Nellie was relieving at Narraweema Hospital, Gloucester, NSW while the Matron was on holidays In November 1949 she applied for assistance under the War Services Homes Act Nellie travelled to the UK in 1955 on the Otranto, arriving London 23/12/1955 – staying with her daughter Daphne at “Greenways”, 18 Norman Ave Abingdon, Berkshire She eventually returned to Sydney on the Strathaird, departing London on the 9/1/1957 Nellie died on the 15th of June 1980 NSW Buried beside her husband in the Macquarie Park Cemetery, Nth Ryde – C of E Sect, 03, Grave 0003 Charles George Edward John LAFFIN was born 11/1/1896 Fitzroy, Vic – son of William and Ellen Elizabeth Shop Assistant WW1: enlisted Sydney 27/4/1915 – Pte 4414, 3rd AGH / 2nd Lieut, 20th Bn Embarked 15/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan – RTA 24/10/1918 – Appointment terminated 27/4/1919 Business Manager / Radio Station Announcer WW2: Lieut N75612, 5 Aus Inf Tng Bn, 1941-1944 Died 4th September 1948 in the Repatriation Hospital, Concord, NSW, age 54 Buried Macquarie Park Cemetery – C of E Sect, 03, Grave 0004 National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Fri 4 Jul 1913 (p.3): Hospital Nursing Staff Nurse Nellie Alfreda Pike wrote resigning her position as head nurse, from August 1. The resignation was accepted with regret, and it was decided to give Nurse Pike a reference. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Tue 5 Aug 1913 (p.2): PERSONAL Nurse Nellie Pike, who has severed her connection with the staff of the Bathurst District Hospital, after five years’ service, was presented by her sister nurses with a handsome manicure set, as a token of the esteem in which they regard her. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Wed 27 Sept 1922 (p.12): BIRTHS LAFFIN (nee Sister N.A. Pike, A.I.F.) – September 21 at Mena private hospital, to Mr and Mrs C.G. Laffin, a son. Both doing well. Wellington Times (NSW), Thu 7 Nov 1929 (p.2): Men and Women Mrs A. Pike Senr., late of Wellington and Bathurst and who is staying with her granddaughter, Mrs R. Morris, of Keppel Street, Bathurst, is hale and hearty at the age of 83 years, and has vivid recollections of the bushranging days. She is blessed with many grandchildren. The eldest of the latter is Mr John Laffin, son of Mr and Mrs C.G. Laffin. The mother of Master John was formerly Nurse Pike, who for some time was attached to the staff of the Bathurst District Hospital, and later served with the A.I.F. in Egypt, France, and England. Her husband also saw war service, and attained the rank of captain. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Mon 6 Sept 1948 (p.10): DEATHS LAFFIN, Charles George – September 4, 1948, at the Repatriation Hospital, Concord, 1st and 2nd A.I.F., beloved husband of Nell Laffin and loved father of John, Patricia and Daphne, and son of the late William Laffin, of Meadowbank and Ellen Laffin, of Victoria, aged 54 years. The Gloucester Advocate (NSW), Fri 10 Sept 1948 (p.2): Personal The death occurred at the Concord Repatriation Hospital on Saturday last of Mr Charles George Laffin, a member of the 1st and 2nd A.I.F. He was the husband of Sister Laffin, war nurse, who was recently relieving at Narraweema Hospital during the absence of Matron McAlpine on holidays, and accompanied his wife to Gloucester. Besides his wife he is survived by a son, John, and two daughters, Patricia and Daphne. He was 54 years of age. Notes: The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 10 Aug 1943 (p.10): DEATHS PIKE – August 8 1943, suddenly at his residence, 45 Holt Avenue, Cremorne, Alfred Pike, late of Wellington, NSW, beloved husband of Mary Pike and father of Edith (Mrs Morris, Melbourne), Nell (Mrs Laffin), Vida (Mrs Chapman), Hilda (Mrs Cave), Harry (deceased), Alfred, Jack, Lorna (Mrs Kirkpatrick), Phyllis (Mrs Doust), Edna (Mrs Crawford), Lucy (Mrs McCormick), and Genie of Sydney, aged 78 years. At rest. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Fri 19 May 1944 (p.10): DEATHS PIKE – May 17 1944, at her residence 45 Holt Avenue, Cremorne, Mary Matcham, relict of the late Alfred Pike, formerly of Wellington, NSW, beloved mother of Edith (Melbourne), Nell, Vida, Hilda, Harry (deceased), Alfred, Jack, Lorna, Phyllis, Edna, Lucy, and Genie (of Sydney). At rest.