• Julia Lyllis Rigby

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

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Embarked at Sydney on RMS Khiva

    Saturday, 26 May 1917

  • Disembarked at Bombay, India

    Sunday, 24 June 1917

  • Posted to 34 Welsh General Hospital, Deolali

    Sunday, 24 June 1917

  • Posted on duty to HS Herefordshire

    Saturday, 8 September 1917

  • Posted on duty to Colaba War Hospital, Bombay

    Wednesday, 9 January 1918

  • Resigned her appointment to marry

    Wednesday, 10 July 1918

  • Passed away in Brisbane

    Friday, 6 May 1966

Stories and comments
    • Julia L Rigby of Yeronga
    • Posted by KeithMcPhee, Friday, 23 September 2016

    Julia Lyllis Rigby was born in Auckland, New Zealand on the 17th of April 1886, the eldest daughter of William Alfred and Julia (nee Mitchell) Rigby. On the 24th of February 1916 she signed her Attestation Papers and was appointed as a Staff Nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service, India Service. On these papers she stated she was 28 years of age, single, that she had been in the ANNS at Brisbane (1MD) since the 15th of July 1915 and that her occupation was as a Nurse. She listed her next of kin as her father, Mr W A Rigby of Yeronga, Queensland. On the 26th of May 1917 she embarked at Sydney on the RMS Khiva which berthed in Melbourne to allow other nurses to board, departing there on the 29th of July. On the 24th of June she disembarked at Bombay, India and was posted to duty to the 34th Welsh General Hospital at Deolali the same day. On the 8th of September 1917 she was posted to the HS Herefordshire for duty. When the HS Herefordshire went out of service, she transferred on duty to the Colaba War Hospital, Bombay on the 9th of January 1918. Staff Nurse Julia Rigby resigned her AANS appointment on the 10th of July 1918 to marry Sydney Woolf in Bombay. Staff Nurse Julia Rigby is a sister of Lieutenant William John Rigby (killed in action at Gallipoli), of Sergeant George Henry Rigby (294) and of Gunner Gordon Alexander Rigby (34643) both of whom returned to Australia. Julia and Sydney Woolf had one child (born in Wales in 1919) and in later years lived at Tarragindi, Brisbane. She passed away on the 6th of May 1966 in Brisbane aged 80 years.