• Tessa E Rogers

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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    • ROGERS, Tessa Eleanor Nunn (nee Bolton) - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 8 February 2017

    Born in 1885 at Benalla, Vic (reg. as Eleanor Nunn) – daughter of Ebenezer Nunn BOLTON and Eleanor WRIGHT – who married in Vic in 1865 Ebenezer, late Railways employee, died 14/6/1910, age 76, at his residence “Cahore”, Villiers St, Elsternwick Eleanor was living at 157 Westgarth St, Northcote in 1914 She died at a private hospital in Elsternwick on the 2/12/1919, and was interred with her husband in the Muckleford Cemetery (near Castlemaine) [Residents of: Castlemaine 1869; Yackandandah 1879; Benalla 1884; Horsham 1886; Benalla 1889] Siblings: Catherine Eleanor b.1865 Fitzroy – marr BOLITHO – d.24/3/1953, (age86?); Anna Jane (Sisso) b.1867 Footscray – marr Cyrus ROBARTS – d.20/5/1943 Ringwood; Robert Henry b.1868 Collingwood; Edith Mary b. and d.1870 Castlemaine (4m); Olivia b.1871 Loddon – marr James HALLIGAN; Gertrude Amy b.1873 Loddon – d.19/1/1874 Sth Muckleford (Castlemaine) (15m); John Allen b.1875 Loddon – d.31/3/1914 Perth, WA; Gertrude Mary b.c1878 – d.25/7/1941, age 63 (UM); *Richard Edward b.1880 Yackandandah (Waiter) – WW1: Pte 2340, 19th Bn, 24/7/15-31/8/16 – d.24/7/1938 at dawn at St George’s Rd (Vic), (age 53?) (privately cremated) Eliza Ella b.1882 Yackandandah – marr George J. ALLEN – d.1970, (age 83?) Tessa is listed in the 1909 Electoral Roll as a nurse at Melbourne Hospital She trained in nursing at the Melbourne Hospital, passing her final exam for the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses Association (RVTNA) in December 1910 On staff at the Children’s Hospital, Perth in 1913 (Typhoid Ward) and 1914 Married David Thomson ROGERS at 3pm on Wednesday 15th July 1914 in Perth The couple then lived in Suburban Rd, Sth Perth, WA WW1: Enlisting in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), Tessa embarked at Fremantle, WA on the 31/10/1914 on the HMAT A11 Ascanius with Sister Annie Heath and the troops of the 11th Bn – joining Matron Graham and Sister White, together with the troops of the 10th Bn who had boarded in Adelaide. Meanwhile at the same time, her husband embarked on the A7 Medic with the 3rd FAB. Both the Medic and the Ascanius departed the outer harbour in the early hours of the 2/11/1914 and met up with the fleet of the First Convoy at sea. In Egypt, for a period during 1915 (including October), she nursed for Dr Claude Morlet in the Eye Department at the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH) in the Palace Hotel at Heliopolis Embarked on the Salta at Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and disembarked Marseilles, France on the 6/4/1916 Reported for duty at the 14th Stationery Hospital 16/4/16 Transferred to No. 1 AGH Rouen 1/7/16 To hospital sick 19/12/16 – 29/12/16 Proceeded on Leave 29/1/1917 Resigned her appointment on the 12/2/1917 in Paris, due to ill health David died of wounds on the 16/9/1917, and was buried in the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium Tessa returned to Australia on the Beltana arriving in Perth on the 11/12/1917 Matron of the Base hospital, No.8 Australian General Hospital, Fremantle, WA – Principal Matron of the Repatriation Hospital – resigning in order to remarry Married George Valentine OLDHAM on the 1st December 1921 at St James’s Old Cathedral, West Melbourne – George, a widower (his wife died at Nurse Anderson’s Hospital, WA in Jan 1919) – was ‘of the Union Bank, Perth’ (and had earlier been at UB, Rockhampton, Qld) – Bank Manager The couple travelled to the UK in 1922, departing Sydney on the Ulysses 10/3/1922, and returned to Australia on the Khyber, departing London 18/8/1922 During their time in Australia in 1922, Tessa and George were residents of the George Hotel, St Kilda West. [Tessa is also listed as Mrs Oldham, Union Bank, Collins St, City in 1922] They were at Hotham St, Caulfield West in 1924 From at least 1930 to 1942 they were living in Clermiston Ave, Roseville, NSW (Prudence and Janice, both stenographers, living with them in 1933, 1937) George died 30/7/1942 at their home in Clermiston Ave, Roseville, Sydney (formerly of UB, Collins St) – loved husband of Tessa and father of Stirling, Janice, David (dec), Prudence; son of the late James and Rebecca Oldham of Ballarat Tessa was living at Barry St, Neutral Bay, NSW in 1943, and 19 Clapham St, Canterbury, Vic 1954 to 1968 [Vic: indexed as Teresa] She died in March 1969 at Heidelberg, Vic, aged 81 – and was cremated at Springvale Cemetery on the 17/3/1969 and her ashes collected David Thomson ROGERS was born 26/9/1885 in Bendigo – the son of David Thomson and Katherine Latina Gill ROGERS Bank Official with the Union Bank, Perth (previously with the Elmore branch) WW1: David enlisted 18/8/1914 at Blackboy Hill, WA, as a Lieutenant with the 8th Battery, 3rd FAB – embarked at Fremantle on the A7 Medic 31/10/1914 MID, DSO Promoted to Captain 18/3/1915 – Major 12/3/1916 Died of wounds on the 16/9/1917 Buried Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium “Eyes Right!” – diary of Claude Morlet: 3rd Oct 1915 Gallipoli: “I nipped over to the dugout of the 8th Battery and saw Rogers, the husband of the nurse of the Eye Department at Heliopolis.” 7th Oct 1915 Gallipoli: “After lunch went with Rogers – husband of my eye nurse at Heliopolis – to all the guns of the 8th Battery, and their observation post, …………….” Sunday Times (Perth), Sun 19 Jul 1914: THE LADIES SECTION Perth Prattle A popular young couple who were married at 3 o’clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 15, were Captain David T. Rogers, of the Union Bank and Miss Tessa Bolton, formerly on the nursing staff of the Children’s Hospital. Only relations and a few intimate friends were present at the ceremony, which was performed by the Right Rev. Bishop Riley. The bride wore a very smart panniered frock of navy-blue crepe de chine, trimmed with silk Oriental embroidery, and ……………………… The maid in attendance was Miss Birdie Levell, …………………. Mr Ralph Disher, of Geraldton, supported the bridegroom. After the ceremony a dainty afternoon tea was served at the residence of the bridegroom’s mother, 185 St George’s-terrace. Captain and Mrs Rogers left by the afternoon train to spend their honeymoon at the Caves. The bride traveled in a tailored coat ………. The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA), Sun 1 Nov 1914 (p.13): Chats with the Cats Captain Dave Rogers, who recently met with a railway accident in camp, has been on a week’s sick leave. He spent the time at his mother’s residence in St George’s-terrace, being nursed by his wife, formerly Sister Bolton. She has also been called on duty by the military authorities. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 29 Sept 1917 (p.13): DIED ON SERVICE ROGERS – Killed in action, in France, on the 17th September, 1917, Major David T. Rogers, D.S.O., beloved husband of Tessa E.N. (Sister Rogers), now in Paris, and loved son-in-law of Mrs Eleanor Bolton, … Ascotvale road, Ascotvale. Another brave man who responded to the call of duty. The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA), Sun 16 Dec 1917 (p.6): Chats with the Cats Mrs Rogers, widow of the late Major D.T. Rogers, D.S.O., arrived in Perth on Tuesday, and will remain till she has settled her husband’s affairs. Mrs Rogers was one of the first nurses to leave Perth when war was declared, and remained on duty till her health broke down. She was in France when her husband was killed. The West Australian, Mon 16 Sep 1918: IN MEMORIUM Anzac Heroes ROGERS – In most loving memory of my so dearly loved son, Major David Thomson Rogers, D.S.O., O.C., of 8th Battery A.F.A., 1st Division A.I.F., who was killed in action September 16, 1917, at Menin road, near Ypres, France. After 1,136 days service. So deeply mourned. The West Australian, Sat 25 Jan 1919: THE CHURCHES To-morrow (Sunday) his Grace the Archbishop of Perth will preach at the Cathedral in the morning and evening, when he will unveil a memorial to the late Major David Thomson Rogers, DSO, 8th Battery Australian Field Artillery. The Argus, Wed 3/12/1919: BOLTON – On the 2nd December, at private hospital, Elsternwick, Eleanor, of “St Kevins”, 206 St Kilda street, Middle Brighton; widow of the late E. Nunn Bolton, of Elsternwick; dearly loved mother of Mrs C.E. Bolitho, Mrs Cyrus Robarts, Mrs Jas Halligan, Mrs Geo Allen, Mrs Tessa Rogers, Robert, Gertrude, and Richard. (Private interment, Muckelford Cemetery, December 3, 1919) Call (Perth, WA), Fri 26 Nov 1920 (p.1): SOCIETY Manager G.V. Oldham, of the Perth branch of the Union Bank, has left Westralia for good, having been transferred to the Melbourne office of the money institution aforementioned. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 30 Oct 1921 (p.5): Soldiers and Sailors Matron Rogers, of the Base Hospital, leaves this month for the East. Mrs Rogers, who is the widow of one of our A.I.F. officers, will carry with her the goodwill of her many patients and their wives. At the meeting of the Friendly Union of Soldiers’ Wives a motion of regret at her resignation was carried, also a resolution of the members’ appreciation of her efforts on behalf of their wounded and sick husbands and sons. Mrs Rogers leaves on November 19 for her future home. Call (Perth, WA), Fri 4 Nov 1921 (p.10): SOCIETY AND OTHER SINNERS One of the most capable of our nursing sisters, Matron Rogers, of the Base Hospital, has resigned her position consequent upon her approaching marriage to Mr Val Oldham, late manager Union Bank, Perth. Perth military circles remember with great affection that brave and resourceful soldier her husband, Major “Dave” Rogers, who, strangely enough, belonged to the same banking institution as her present prospective bridegroom, the Union Bank, Perth. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 6 Nov 1921 (p.22): PERTH PRATTLE PARS Mrs Rogers, formerly matron of the Base Hospital and now principal matron of the Repatriation Hospital, has tendered her resignation to headquarters, and will shortly leave for Melbourne, where her marriage will take place to Mr Val Oldham, late manager of the Union Bank, Perth. Mrs Rogers saw active service in Egypt and France, and enjoys considerable popularity among her soldier patients. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 20 Nov 1921 (p.22): Country Social Notes Sister Crosby, who saw considerable war service, has succeeded Mrs Rogers as matron of the Repatriation Hospital, Fremantle. Mrs Rogers, who left for Melbourne yesterday to marry Mr Val Oldham, was recently farewelled by returned sisters at the nurses’ quarters of the hospital and presented with a handsome silver jewel-box. During the evening Mrs and Miss Bassett and the Misses Harris and Nicholl contributed vocal and instrumental items. The supper table was charmingly arranged with bowls of red and white roses. Western Mail (Perth), Thur 29 Dec 1921: MARRIAGES OLDHAM – ROGERS – On December 1, at St James’s Old Cathedral, West Melbourne, George Valentine, third son of the late James and Mrs R.E. Oldham, to Tessa Eleanor Rogers, widow of the late Major D.T. Rogers, D.S.O. 1934 [photo]: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/230152289 The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 26 Apr 1938 (p.3): NURSES RECALL WAR MEMORIES ……………………………………………………………….. Discussing old adventures were two friends who were Sisters during the war – Mrs Gordon Carter, Mayoress of Kuringai, who nursed at Cape Helles during the Gallipoli campaign; and Mrs G.V. Oldham, who left Australia with the first convoy in the Ascanius. After the war Mrs Oldham, who has now retired, was the principal matron for Western Australia.