• Florence Laura Lewis

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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    Orange, NSW, Australia

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    • LEWIS, Florence Laura - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 15 March 2016

    Born on the 29th of February 1888 in Orange, NSW – daughter of Edward Prosser LEWIS & Rhoda Selina HUGHES – who married in Sydney in 1883 Edward, a Chemist, died on the 10/12/1890 at Orange, age 39 Rhoda re-married to Samuel SKERRITT on the 14/3/1892 at Orange Address 1915: “Avoca” The Avenue, Granville, NSW Samuel died in January 1921 at Granville and Rhoda died in Mosman on the 29/9/1941, age 80 Religion: Congregational / RC Siblings: John Prosser b.1884 Sydney – d.1976 NSW; Harold G b.1885 Sydney; Edith M b.1890 Orange Skerritt – Half siblings: Wilfred Howard b.1893 Orange; Walter Thomas Russell b.1895 Orange – WW1: LCpl 2442, 7th Bn – d.1947; Alan Bayley b.1897 Liverpool – WW1: Spr 20600, Wireless Sqdn; Winifred M b.1899; Ralph S b.1901; Marjorie A b.1903 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital WW1: Embarked in Sydney 14/7/1915 on the A67 Orsova for Egypt with the 2nd Australian General Hospital (AGH) Transport duty on the Euripides sailing from Suez 1/10/1915 – and disembarking in Melbourne 30/11/1915 Returned to Egypt Transferred to No.4 Auxiliary Hospital 31/1/1916 Embarked at Alexandria with the 2nd AGH 26/3/1916 on the Braemar Castle to join the B.E.F. – disembarking Marseilles 4/4/1916 Detached from 2nd AGH, Marseilles & proceeded to St Omer for duty 17/6/1916 Reported at 2nd AGH Wimereux from No.32 Stationary Hospital 19/7/1916 Reported for duty (with 2nd AGH) from No.18 British General Hospital, Wimereux 23/8/1916 Proceeded to England on resignation of appointment 1/9/1916 and discharged 9/9/1916 in consequence of marriage Married Michael FITZGERALD, (Major 18th Bn), on the 9/9/1916 in Dublin, Ireland The couple probably met whilst Michael was a patient in the 2nd AGH in May 1916 Listed on the Honour Board of the Granville Congregational Church Children: *Harold Russell (Pat) b.21/4/1918 NSW – Clerk – marr Eileen Marion MURPHY 1940 – WW2; *Terence Paul b.4/12/1920 Goulburn – marr Alice – WW2 – d.17/7/1988; *Josephine – marr Bill WALLINGTON; *Bernard – marr Val; *Maureen – marr Frank COMERFORD Florence & Michael (clerk) – resident of Moussat, Badgery Ave, Homebush 1930, 1933 1930: John Edward Fitzgerald (clerk) Moussot Florence & Michael – 52 Badgery Ave Homebush 1937, 1943 (1943 also Harold Russell Fitzgerald, clerk) 1949 – 52 Badgery Ave, Homebush – Florence & Alice & Terence Paul Fitzgerald (telegraphist) 1954 – 52 Badgery Ave, Burwood – Florence only 1954 – 7 Fraser St, Burwood – Alice & Terence Paul Died on the 14th June 1976 NSW (late of Homebush) Buried in the Rookwood Catholic Cemetery Michael FITZGERALD was born 31/8/1867 Kildysart, Co Clare, Ireland – son of David & Bridget Married Isabella LOWRY in 1898 Goulburn, NSW – Isabella died 1914 Goulburn Children with Isabella: John Edward b.1901 Goulburn – d.1950 Grafton, NSW Leslie Raymond b.12/5/1902 Goulburn – RAAF, WW2 – d.1959 Newtown, NSW (both listed as NOK at St Patrick’s College, Goulburn, NSW) Gerald D b.1906 – d.1910 Goulburn WW1: Major, 18th Bn Enlisted 17/3/1915 – served Gallipoli Proceeded to France 18/3/16 – 25/3/16 Admitted to 2nd AGH, Marseilles 5/5/16 – 22/5/16 with Insomnia Michael left Etaples for England 5/9/1916 & returned on the 14/9 Embarked on Argyllshire 31/1/1918 for RTA – via Cape Town where he re-embarked 2/3/1918 on the Balmoral Castle (Invalided home with accidental injuries) Died 7/2/1948 at home (52 Badgery Av) The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 13 Jul 1915 (p.10): FOR THE FRONT Nurse Florence Lewis, late of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, is leaving for the front by the R.M.S. Orsova to-morrow. The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW), Sat 17 Jul 1915 (p.6): PERSONAL PARS Nurse Florence Lewis, daughter of Mrs S. Skerritt, Granville, left for Egypt on Wednesday by the Orsova. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 10 Feb 1948: DEATHS FITZGERALD, Michael – February 7, 1948, at his residence 52 Badgery Avenue, Homebush, late Major, 18th Batt, 1st AIF, dearly loved husband of Florence Fitzgerald and dear father of John, Leslie, Patrick, Terrence, and Josephine (Mrs Wallington), Bernard and Maureen. RIP. Privately interred at Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood, on Monday the 9th instant. The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 16, 1976 (p.42): DEATHS FITZGERALD, Florence Laura (nee Lewis) – Ex-Sister 2nd AGH, 1st AIF, late of Homebush, dearly beloved wife of Michael (deceased), dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Pat and Eileen, Marie (deceased), Terry and Alice, Kathleen (deceased), Jo and Bill Wallington, Bernie and Val, Maureen and Frank Comerford, loving stepmother of Jack (deceased) and Molly, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother of their children. Requiescat in pace. FUNERALS FITZGERALD – Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late FLORENCE LAURA FITZGERALD, of Homebush, will be celebrated in St Martha’s Church, Churchill Avenue, Strathfield, tomorrow (Thursday), at 2.15 p.m. On conclusion of Mass the funeral cortege will proceed to the Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood. Notes: The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Thur 18 Dec 1890 (p.1): DEATHS LEWIS – December 10, 1890, at Orange, Edward Prosser Lewis, late of Anson-street, chemist, in his 40th year (son-in-law of Mr Thomas Hughes, 15 O’Connor-street, Sydney), native of Merthyr Tydvil, Wales. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 26 Mar 1892 (p.1): MARRIAGES SKERRITT – LEWIS – March 14, at the bride’s residence, Cara, Orange, by the Rev. John Beckenham, Samuel Skerritt to Rhoda S. Lewis, daughter of Thos. Hughes, Esq, of Sydney. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 30 Sept 1941 (p.10): DEATHS SKERRITT – September 29, 1941, at Raglan Street, Mosman, Rhoda Selina Skerritt, of 20 Vernon Street, Strathfield, widow of the late Samuel Skerritt, aged 80 years. For Funeral see Wednesday’s “Herald.” Obit of Samuel Skerritt 1921: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/103815907 Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), Sat 4 May 1918 (p.2): Goulburn and the War MAJOR FITZGERALD http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/99024541 Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), Tue 6 May 1919 (p.2): PERSONAL http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/98907337