• Doris Richards

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Maitland, NSW, Australia

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    • RICHARDS, Doris Gertrude Peterson – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 5 June 2016

    Born prematurely on the 12th February 1888 at the Bank of Australasia, East Maitland, NSW – daughter of Henry Boyns RICHARDS & Ethel Fraser Calvert JAMES Henry & Ethel had been married on the 18/5/1887 at the St Kilda Wesleyan Church, Vic, by Ethel’s father, Rev T. James. Henry, born in Bendigo, Vic, was the Manager of the Bank of Australasia in Rockhampton, Qld in 1887, and the East Maitland branch in 1888, before taking over the new branch of the ES & AC Bank in West Maitland on the 25/3/1889 – he died on the 14/4/1906 at his mother’s home in Brighton, Vic, age 48. Ethel, born in Eaglehawk, remarried on the 28/12/1907 in London to Robert Russell LEWIS (Solicitor) – residing in Sth Yarra, Vic in 1909, and at Barwon Heads during the war years, she died 18/10/1940 at the Windarra Hospital, Toorak, Vic Sibling: Marjorie Nicholas (Bonnie) b.10/12/1889 at the ES & AC Bank, West Maitland – WW1: Staff Nurse, AANS – emb on Wyreema 14/10/1918 (ship recalled) – d.1966 Geelong, age 76 Trained in nursing at the Geelong Hospital for 3 years, 18/4/1910 – 18/4/1913 Followed by Private Nursing for 2 years Member of RVTNA since November 1912 Resident of Prospect Rd, Newtown, Vic in 1914 WW1: Embarked 17/6/1915 on the A62 Wandilla with the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH) for Egypt Serving in the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis in September 1915 Married Eric Vansittart Ernest NEILL (Capt, APC) on the 8th of June 1916 in the Presbyterian chapel attached to the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, by the Rev Lieut-Colonel Shannon Living Kensington, London 1917 Doris and her daughter Patricia embarked on the Warwickshire 5/4/1919 with Eric, travelling to Colombo [Mrs P.E. – daughter’s initials] http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=6044971 They would have then returned to Australia with him on the Friedrichsruh 15/2/1920 - 9/3/1920 (Melb) Children: *Patricia Erica E. b.Jun Qtr 1918 Fovant, Wiltshire, England – eng Dec 1939 to S. Pinniger – marr BROADMORE – d.2002; *James Smith b.29/4/1921 Melb – WW2: 1939 - 1945 (giving 1919 as birth year) – d.2000; *John Vansittart b.9/5/1924 – d.1999 1924: 51 Murphy St, Sth Yarra (Eric, Clerk) 1936: 670 Malvern Rd, Armadale (Eric, Manager) 1943: same address (also Patricia Erica, HD) 1949 same address (also James Smith, Representative / John Vansittart, Nil / Marjorie Augusta, Clerk) 1954: 31 Douglas St, Toorak (Eric, Journalist) (also John Vansittart, Sales & Lisbeth Ann, HD) 1958: 383 Chapel St, Sth Yarra (Doris on her own) Died on the 24th October 1971 in Brighton, Vic, age 83 Cremated 26/10/1971 and her ashes scattered at Springvale Cemetery Eric Vansittart Ernest NEILL was born 3/6/1878 Melbourne – son of James John Vansittart Smith NEILL (b.India) & Alice Kate BRISTOW – who married in Vic in 1874 (Mrs Alice Kate LEE 1916, Eric was her only son) Boer War: 2nd Bn Manchester Regt 1899 WW1: (MID, MBE) Embarked in Melbourne on the Euripides 8/5/1915 – 6th Reinf, 24th Bn Served Gallipoli Commanded Anzac Provost Police Corps, Egypt Embarked for UK 3/8/1916 Served Training Battalions, England Embarked in England on Warwickshire 5/4/1919 for duty in Colombo before RTA – embarked at Colombo on Friedrichsruh 15/2/1920 - 9/3/1920 (Melb) Died at their home in Toorak on the 26/9/1955, age 77 – cremated Springvale & his ashes scattered The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 29 Feb 1888 (p.1): BIRTHS RICHARDS – On the 12th inst., at Bank of Australasia, East Maitland (NSW), the wife of H.B. Richards of a daughter (prematurely). Geelong Advertiser (Vic), Thur 17 Jun 1915 (p.4): PERSONAL Nurses Doris Richards and L. Treyvaud, who trained at the Geelong hospital, leave Port Melbourne to-day for Red Cross work at the front with the British forces. Geelong Advertiser (Vic), Sat 4 Dec 1915 (p.8): MONTE DOUGLASS Lowland Convalescent Clearing Station, West Mudros, 5th October – Since I last wrote ……………………………………………………………….. I saw Norman Hurst the other day; he was on his way to join his regiment on the Peninsula, having been in Alexandria for the past six weeks. He was looking very fit, and told me that he saw Doris Richards; she was nursing in the same ward as he was put in at 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis. …………………. The Australasian (Melb, Vic), Sat 12 Aug 1916 (p.39): SOCIAL NOTES In the Presbyterian chapel attached to the Third Australian General Hospital at Cairo, Sister Doris Richards, elder daughter of Mrs Russell Lewis, Barwon Heads, was married on June 8 to Captain Neale, commanding officer of the Anzac Provost Corps, in the presence of a large number of soldier friends of the bride and bridegroom. Members of the Anzac police formed the guard of honour. After the marriage ceremony had been carried out by the Rev Lieut-Colonel Shannon, the Anzac Band played a wedding march, and, as the happy couple left the chapel, they passed under an arch formed by crossed swords and crossed rifles. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 15 May 1918 (p.1): BIRTHS NEILL – At Fovant, Wilts, England, the wife of Major E.V.E. Neill – a daughter. Bendigonian (Vic), Thur 26 Sept 1918 (p.5): KEEP THE FLAG FLYING APPEAL TO “SLACKERS” Captain Eric Neill, son of Mrs Lee of Melbourne, but formerly of Bendigo, writing from England, states that he is now attached to the administrative staff, having been declared medically unfit for further active service. While in France he was mentioned several times in despatches, and states that he was recently honored by the King, who decorated him with the Order of the British Empire. He had received the congratulations of several generals while at the front. It is, he continues, a cruel shame that the slackers in Australia should not have sufficient manhood to come across and do their duty to their country and the men who are overworked and fighting to keep the flag flying. Captain Neill stated he could tell many stories of events at the front that would shame any self-respecting individual who would not do his bit at a time like this. Our fellows come from the trenches positive wrecks, but sustained by a resolve to help their gallant comrades. The Age (Melb, Vic), Wed 28 Sept 1955 (p.19): DEATHS NEILL – On September 26, at 31 Douglas Street, Toorak, Eric V.E., loved husband of Doris and father of Jim, Pat and John. The Age (Melb, Vic), Mon 25 Oct 1971 (p.13): DEATHS NEILL – On October 24, Doris, beloved wife of the late Eric Neill, much-loved mother of Pat (Mrs Broadmore), Jim and John, mother-in-law of Jim (deceased) and dearly loved Nonnie of Sue and Jane. Notes: ES & AC Bank = the English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank