• Beatrice Ethel Veit

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    • VEIT, Beatrice Ethel (Trix) – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    Born on the 2nd January 1889 at Sth Yarra, Vic – daughter of Harry VEIT and Alice LOWDAY, who married in Vic in 1886 Harry, a Merchant born in Germany, died 19/7/1902 in Sydney, aged 41 Alice re-married 14/7/1910 Adelaide to Johan Valdemar LARSEN, and died 19/8/1943, aged 74 Siblings: Richard Henry Carl b.&d.1887 Sth Yarra (8mths); Alice Maud b.8/1/1891 Prospect, SA; Charles Victor b.12/9/1892 Prospect – d.15/6/1912 Malvern; Marjorie Amalie b.5/10/1894 Norwood, SA; Henry Gordon b.24/9/1896 Malvern, SA (Journalist / Compositor) – WW1: Pte 3988, 7th Fld Amb – d.5/2/1916 27th Gen Hosp, Mudros, Greece (cerebro spinal meningitis); Gwendoline Phyllis b.29/8/1898 Malvern; Eric Theodore b.30/8/1900 Malvern – d.16/3/1922 Malvern, SA Trained in nursing at the Adelaide Hospital for 3 years – appointed Probationer Nurse March 1909 A member of the Australian Trained Nurses Association (A.T.N.A.) and the Royal British Nursing Association (R.B.N.A.) Staff Sister at Narma Private Hospital Matron of Blyth Public Hospital 1914 – 1915 Member of the Blyth Glee Club; Committee member of the Blyth Tennis Club Founder and President of the Blyth branch of the Red Cross Society 1914/15 WW1: Applied to join the AANS (2nd AGH) on the 20/8/1914 – but this came to nothing at the time However, when the British War Office called for nurses to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), she was accepted and embarked 20/5/1915 on the Mooltan for Egypt, where she joined the 15th General Hospital (GH), Alexandria for duty on the 16/6/1915 Promoted to Sister in January 1916 Posted to the Hospital Ship Dongala 15/4/1916, and then to the 31st GH, Port Said 11/3/1917 Granted 14 days local Leave 15-29/10/1917 Joined the 77th CCS, Palestine 14/2/1918, followed by the 47th Stationary Hospital 10/5/1918 Granted 4 weeks Leave in Australia and embarked at Suez on the Port Darwin 12/7/1918 – arriving in Adelaide on Tuesday 20/8/1918 by train from Melbourne Re-embarked 14/10/1918 on the Pakeha for Egypt, and joined the 71st GH, Cairo 25/11/1918 Confidential Report, Matron 71st GH, Jan 1919: “Miss B.E. Veit Sister QAIMNSR has worked under me for only a short time, but during that time I have found her a good nurse and ward sister and suitable for employment in military.” Resigned her appointment due to her approaching marriage, and embarked for England 20/1/1919 on the HT Kasr, arriving 1/2/1919, her resignation effective on the 2/2/1919. Married Thomas Donald McLEISH on the 1st of March 1919 at the Parish Church of St George, Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England (by Royal Navy Chaplain, Harold F Davidson) [Donald born 1879 Pancras, London – son of Thomas Donald (Civil Servant, dec.) – Photographer – WW1: RNVR; Lieut, RNAS 1917 Egypt; Capt, RAF – died 1950] http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/rcs_photographers/entry.php?id=325 Resident of 63 Marquess Rd, Canonbury in 1919 Children: *Donald Ian born in the Jun Qtr 1920 at Islington, London – died 1929; *Gordan A. b.Jun Qtr 1924 Islington, London Died on her 40th Birthday, the 2nd of January 1929 at Canonbury, London Buried in the Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington – together with her son Donald The Register (Adelaide, SA), 28/8/1914 (p.6): MEETING AT BLYTH BLYTH, August 26 – There was a large and representative attendance of ladies at the Blyth Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, when a meeting, convened by Sister Veit, was held to consider the advisableness of forming a local branch of the Red Cross Society. Sister Veit presided, and communications from the head office of the society in South Australia were read. After discussion, it was unanimously decided to establish a local branch. Sister Veit was appointed President, …………. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/56707105 Northern Argus (Clare, SA), Fri 16 Oct 1914 (p.1): Blyth Notes and News BLYTH PUBLIC HOSPITAL In January last Sister Kingerley, who had ably filled the post of sister-in-charge, resigned and left the State. The Board were fortunate in securing the services of Sister B.E. Veit, who has given ample evidence of her ability and all round qualifications as sister-in-charge. The Mail (Adelaide, SA), Sat 8 May 1915 (p.8): From Blyth The District Hall was taxed to its utmost on Thursday evening last, when a public farewell social was tendered to Sister Veit, the matron of the local public hospital, on the eve of her departure to the front. Sister Veit has volunteered and been accepted as a nurse in the Royal Army Medical Corps in England, and will shortly have to proceed to London to assist in the nursing of our wounded soldiers. ……………………………………………….. Eulogistic references were made to the excellent qualities of the guest, both as a nurse and a woman, who has identified herself with the various social functions of the town. Messrs Buzacott and McEwin and Dr Heynemann spoke on behalf of the Hospital Board; Mr Davis for the Glee Club, of which Sister Veit was an active member. Mr Walker referred to the sister’s association with the tennis club, while Mr Deland spoke for the other various social functions with which sister had been identified. Mr Adams, on behalf of the Church of England, wished Sister Veit success, and a safe return to take up her duties once more as an active member of the church choir. Mr W. Pratt (the Chairman of the District Council), who presided, on behalf of her many friends presented Sister Veit with a wristlet watch. …………………………………………………….. As a result of two of the scouts taking a collection the sum of £2 7/6 was subscribed for Sister Veit to purchase some little article of use in her profession for the Red Cross. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59608739 Sister Veit, in charge of the Blyth Public Hospital, has been granted leave of absence by the board, and leaves on Tuesday next to go to London to join the Royal Army Medical Corps. During her absence Nurse Tralaggers will have charge of the hospital. The Advertiser (Adelaide), Mon 19 Aug 1918 (p.6): ANSWERED THE CALL The many friends of Sister B.E. Veit are advised that she will arrive at Adelaide station on Tuesday morning, after an absence of 3½ years on active service. The Register (Adelaide), Mon 2 Sept 1918: THE COUNTRY BLYTH, August 30 – There was a large attendance at the district hall on Thursday night, when a welcome home was tendered to Sister Beatrice E. Veit, who was, before offering her services three years ago to the military authorities, matron of the local hospital. She has served in Egypt, Palestine, and Mesopotamia. Eulogistic speeches were made by ……………… The Mail (Adelaide), Sat 5 Oct 1918: Engagements McLEISH – VEIT The engagement is announced of Sister Beatrice E (Trix), eldest daughter of the late Harry Veit and Mrs J.C. Larsen, Austral Terrace, Malver, to Capt S. Donald McLeish, R.A.F., Canonbury, London. Letter from Donald McLeish to the Matron in Chief, dated 10/1/1919: Dear Madam I am writing to ask if you could possibly help me in the following matter. A lady – Sister B.E. Veit QAIMNSR to whom I was engaged left Port Said six months ago on leave to Australia. Soon after she left I had to return from there to England on account of the death of my mother my only relative. Miss Veit was unable to reach Egypt till Nov 23rd, her contract had expired seven days previously. On the representation that her passage to England would be expediated thereby she was induced to sign another contract and now her departure seems quite indefinite. Apart from the horrible time I have had for months in an empty house the uncertainty and delay has resulted in considerable financial loss. The chief reason for my writing now however is that I have an offer to travel in South America for a year or more, and must give my decision in a few days. If I knew that she was leaving Egypt immediately I would give this up but otherwise must take the contract as it would affect my whole future career. Could you help to get her to England quickly? I should be greatly indebted and would gladly pay any costs for cables etc. She has served since early in the war, Mudros, Mesopotamia, Jaffa, and Egypt, and is now at 71st General Hospital, Giza, Cairo. I am yours very truly, T.D. McLeish, Capt R.A.F. I enclose cable recently received The Mail (Adelaide), Sat 5 Jul 1919 (p.9): McLEISH – VEIT A bright and pretty wedding took place on March 1, when Sister Beatrice E. Veit, the eldest daughter of Mrs J. V. Larsen, 42 Austral Terrace, Malvern, was married to Capt Donald McLeish, of 65 Marquess Road, London, and late of R.A.F. The ceremony was performed by Padre Davidson. The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA), Thur 8 Jul 1920 (p.2): BIRTHS McLEISH – To Captain and Mrs Donald McLeish (nee Sister Veit), 63, Marquess-road, Canonbury, London – a son (Donald Ian). The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide), Thur 10 Jan 1929 (p.8): DEATHS McLEISH (nee Veit) – On the 2nd January, at 63 Marquess road, Canonbury, London, Beatrice Ethel, beloved wife of Donald McLeish and dearly loved daughter of Mr and Mrs J.V. Larsen, Austral terrace, Malvern. Notes: Brother’s Obit 1916: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/87241607