• Ethel Edwards

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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    • EDWARDS, Ethel - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 8 November 2015

    Born in 1882 London, England – daughter of Martin EDWARDS & Sarah Anne HARRIS Ethel was baptised with her brother Frank on the 7/9/1884 at St Johns, Dulwich – at this stage Martin was a Government Clerk with the Inland Revenue – he had previously been a Wine Merchant in Calcutta Sarah, born c1839 London, was widowed by 1891 & together with some of her children, was living with her eldest son Richard & his wife in Brixton NOK 1915: Mother: Mrs M. Edwards, 133 South Croxted Rd, West Dulwich, London Siblings: Richard b.c1864 Bengal; Lucy b.c1866 Calcutta; May b.c1867 Calcutta; Louisa b.c1870 Calcutta; Emily b.c1873; Walter P b.c1874; Elsie M b.c1876; Frank Basil b.c1880 – WW1: Canadian Army – lost both his arms in 1916 [Emily, Walter, Elsie & Frank – all born Peckham, Surrey] WW1: Ethel enlisted in Melbourne and embarked on the RMS Orontes 11/8/1915 at Fremantle – arriving England 17/9/15 She commenced duty at the War Hospital, Norwich 28/10/1915 Transferred to 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill 1/12/15 3 weeks furlough up to 22/9/16 Resigned appointment due to marriage 2/11/1916 Married Stanley Eyre GIDERSON, (WO, 1st DAC) on the 2/11/1916 at the Emmanuel Church in West Dulwich, London They returned together with their daughter Dorothy on the Port MacQuarie 17/11/19 – 16/1/1920 Child (1): Dorothy Eyre b.7/3/1919 London – WW2: served 1943-1945, Lieut AAMWS (AIF) Addresses: Toorak 1920; “Nestor” 21 Helenslea Rd, Caulfield West 1921, 1924, 1931, 1937, 1942, 1949, 1954 [with Dorothy Eleanor 1942 (masseuse), 1949, 1954 (therapist)] 1947: Ethel (Nurse, 65) & Dorothy (Physiotherapist, 28) travelled together on the Nestor to England, arriving Liverpool 11/6/1947 – and returned to Australia on the Orontes, departing London 23/9/1948 Ethel died in January 1970 at Caulfield, age 88 Stanley born 1879 St Kilda – son of George Eyre GIDERSON (Accountant) & Fannie Harriet (birth reg both 1879 & 1880) George d.6/5/1910 St Kilda Siblings: Hubert Leslie – d.25/12/1934 & Kathleen – married Baron LETHBRIDGE Stanley was a Merchant, living in Acland St, St Kilda in 1903 with his family Clerk (accountant) in 1916 on enlistment WO 19981, 1st DAC Embarked 20/5/16 – Plymouth 18/7/16 Adm Mil Hosp Fargo 4/8/16 (bronchitis) TOS 3rd DAC 4/10/16 Proc O/S France 24/1/17 TOS 1st DAC 19/4/17 Adm hosp 20/8/17 (debility NYD) – transf to England 25/8/17 Debility 1917 Present Condition (p.39 of SR) He is of highly Neurotic temperament and does not sleep or eat well. He has repeatedly fallen out from exhaustion on line of march and is not physically strong enough to stand Active Service conditions. I have had him under observation for three months and I am of the opinion that he is unfit for active service. [M.O. 1st DAC] Stanley died 16/7/1920 at Caulfield Military Hospital (11th AGH) Buried Brighton General Cemetery [Cause of death: Gastric Ulcers. Perforation Peretonitis] – commemorated with CWGC The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 28 Dec 1916 (p.1): MARRIAGES GIDERSON – EDWARDS – On the 2nd November, 1916, at Emmanuel Church (C. of E.), West Dulwich, London, Stanley Eyre (of 8th F.A.B., A.I.F.), youngest son of the late George Eyre Giderson (Vict. Rlys), to Ethel, youngest daughter of the late Martin Edwards, of Calcutta, India. The Argus, Mon 19 Jul 1920: DEATHS GIDERSON – On the 16th July, at Caulfield Military Hospital, Stanley Eyre, dearly beloved husband of Ethel, and father of Dorothy; brother of H.L. Giderson (Middle Brighton) and Mrs Baron Lethbridge (Dromana); aged 41 years. The Argus, Tue 20 Jul 1926: IN MEMORIUM GIDERSON – In loving memory of my dear husband, Stanley, and father of Dorothy, who died in Caulfield Hospital July 20, 1920. The Argus, Thur 30 Nov 1933: Scholarship Awards As a result of the examination held last week the following scholarships have been awarded at the Melbourne Church of England Girl’s Grammar School:- ………………………………………………….. Scholarships for Daughters of Fallen or Incapacited Soldiers (given by the Old Grammarians) – Dorothy Giderson (M.C.E.G.G.S.) Centralian Advocate (Alice Springs), Fri 19 Dec 1952: Travelling south with Mrs Burnett was that very well liked and respected physiotherapist, Miss Dorothy Giderson. Miss Giderson came from Melbourne some time back to assist in the recovery of Centralian polio victims and others needing this specialized form of treatment. She made many friends while here. Also took the opportunity to see Darwin before returning south. At the station to farewell her we noticed among others, Sister Hooker. Good luch in Melbourne Miss Giderson. Cairns Post (Qld), Fri 15 Jan 1954: Next Friday Mrs E. Giderson will leave on the Mananoa to return to her home in Melbourne after a holiday with her daughter, Miss Dorothy Giderson, who is a physiotherapist at the Cairns Base Hospital. Mrs Giderson entertained friends at an afternoon tea party at Hides Hotel on Wednesday, among them being Mesdames C. Knudson, E. Morris and R. Munroe and Miss D.G. Hosegood.