• Daisy Donaldson Richmond

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
  • Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
Stories and comments
    • Nurse Daisy Donaldson Richmond
    • Posted by blacksmith, Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    At the Pyramids. With The Australians. A Nurse Writes Home. Miss Daisy Richmond, who is acting as nurse in the Australian Field Hospital, writes in the following interesting manner to a Fremantle friend:- "It is now nearly two months since we left Sydney; it seems much longer, However, tomorrow we go to Mena House, which is situated at the foot of the Pyramids, so hope to really start work again. No. 2 General are placed here. No 1 mainly at the other side of Cairo. We are all pleased at our position, for it is a lovely house, a large part of which is to be used as hospital. I believe there is not sufficient room for us all inside, so the staff nurses will probably be placed in tents. Such a mixture of races and languages as we get here. French and Egyptian seem to be the most spoken. One can hardly realise they are in a British possession, Alexandria is a very old place, and full of interest. We, however, cannot appreciate it to the full, for to do so one would need knowledge of Egyptian history and language. The museum has a wonderful number of old relics. Mummies you see, in all kinds of state of preservation. The mosaic tiling is beautiful. The catacombs are weird. One feels as it they were going down into caves. They have all been out of sandstone. One sees there many tombs of old kings, etc., bits of bone, and skulls are seen in some. The journey to Cairo is through very flat country, but wonder fully rich, clad in bright green. It is a distance of 12 miles. Much the same animals are used, as I suppose have been used for centuries, camels, dromedaries, asses. The peasants work for a very small wage. Their plan of irrigation is much like what you see In a Chinaman's garden, namely, by canals. The Pyramids and Sphinx were the main things we saw, but as it was such a rapid visit I will not de scribe them further in this epistle. Yesterday some of us were invited to the Government Hospital for afternoon tea. We were entertained by, three native doctors and a dispenser. They were really very hospitable, and had apparently a bed room made into a sitting-room for the purpose, with a table in the centre, most elaborately prepared for the purpose. At first they would not sit down with us, thinking, I suppose, we would not like it. One of the girls took their photograph afterwards with us, which pleased them very much. Their hospital, containing 360 beds, seems very up-to-date, used principally for the natives. An Italian cemetery attracted our attention by the beautiful monuments. Most of the sculpturing has been done in Italy. The mortuary chapel is a most perfect thing, walls of marble inlaid with six large Bible pictures in mosiac and the altar carved in marble. Western Mail 20 November 1914.

    • Nurse Daisy Donaldson Richmond
    • Posted by blacksmith, Thursday, 23 October 2014

    A Nurse’s Letter. Nurse Illidge has received the following letter from Nurse Daisy Richmond, who is on a hospital ship on active service at the Dardanelles -"Our last voyage was a very bad one, we had 56 deaths. Our first place to take in patients was at Cape Hillas, where we arrived when a great battle was proceeding. Just in front of us lay the end of the Majestic, looking like a big shark in the water. We were very near the shore, so we saw a great deal. Our guns on the European side were firing on the Turks on the Asiatic side. The distance between must have been fully five miles. The trenches could be seen and the movements of the troops, also many horses galloping round riderless. Above us were aeroplanes, and at one time there was a fight between two English and a Turkish one. We were very soon busy, and after getting our cots nearly full of wounded were sent to Lemnos. We no sooner arrived there than we had word to return to Gaba Tepe, where we got on hoard a large number of Australians. With glasses one had a very good view of the landing place of the Australians, and much more fully realised the difficulties our men had undergone." The Brisbane Courier Friday 27 August 1915.

    • Daisy Donaldson Richmond on board the HS Neuralia
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 24 November 2014

    The Bathurst Times (NSW), Sat 27 Nov 1915 (p.6): SOUTHLAND SCENES HOSPITAL SHIP’S RESCUE “THEY MUST BE AUSTRALIANS” FREMANTLE, Friday Mr Henry Donaldson has received the following letter from Nurse Richmond, who is serving on board a certain hospital ship in the region of Gallipoli. The news deals with the destruction by a submarine of the Southland. “On September 2 at 9.55 a.m., as we were travelling from Malta to Lemnos, we received a wireless to go to the rescue of the Southland, as she had been torpedoed. She was about 20 miles distant. “The ship got up full speed, and arrived near the Southland at 11.30 a.m. She had not sunk, but was tilted a little to one side. As we drew near we passed a boatload of men, who gave us a most hearty cheer. Others on the Southland did the same. One of our sisters remarked, “They must be Australians to cheer like that.” Soon we could tell by their felt hats and loose jackets that they were Australians. “Our boats were manned and sent at once to the relief of those who remained on the doomed ship. When they came on board they were very pleased to see their own country-women, and we were the first ship on the scene, though others were soon there. We took on board 453 of the troops, nearly all of the 21st Division [sic]. Forty-eight of them were officers, including Major-General Legge, Major Williams from West Australia, and some New Zealanders. “One death was that of Brigadier-General Linton, who had been picked up by a trawler and collapsed soon afterwards.”