• May Duncan Smith

Army / Flying Corps

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Queensland, Australia

Stories and comments
    • A new life in England - May Duncan Smith
    • Posted by LoganLocalStudies, Monday, 15 October 2018

    Mary May Smith was born on 18 May 1891 in Brisbane to David and Catherine Christina Smith. Mary grew up around the Logan River district before the family settled at Canungra near Beaudesert. Enlisting as May Duncan Smith, she embarked on 9 June 1917 from Sydney aboard the Mooltan. Although already aged 25 years, she was one of the youngest nurses in her contingent. She arrived in Egypt on 19 July 1917 and was shortly afterwards transferred to Salonika in Greece where she contracted malaria and was hospitalised herself on numerous occasions. At Salonika, while serving with the 60th General Hospital, Staff-nurse May Smith married Lieutenant Harry Morgan Woollam of the Manchester Regiment on 4 September 1918 and was required to resign her appointment immediately. The very next day, the newly-minted Mrs Maysie Woollam embarked for the United Kingdom, where she lived the rest of her life with her bank-manager husband. The couple had one son, David, born in 1921. May died in Middlesex in 1953 aged 62.