• Bertha Mary Kent

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    • KENT, Bertha Mary - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 10 March 2016

    Born on the 28th of October 1885 at Norwood, SA – daughter of Richard B. KENT and Mary Ann DISNEY – who married at Norwood 22/5/1875 Address 1914: 68 Beulah Rd, Norwood Richard died at Ningana Private Hospital, Adelaide on the 27/6/1918, and Mary died at her home in Beulah Rd, Norwood on the 18/4/1941, age 95 Siblings: Florence Pauline b.15/41876 – marr W.B. DABINETT – d.6/8/1913; Frank Arnold b.14/8/1877 and d.1878; Ellen b.&d.1880; Ellen May b.&d.1881; William Mortimer b.26/4/1883 – WW1: Pte 380, 10th Bn – KIA 2/5/1915 Gallipoli; Ethel May b.11/1/1889 – marr BARRATT Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at the Broken Hill and District Hospital for 3 years Passing her course in Invalid Cookery in 1915, and her membership examination for the Australasian Trained Nurses’ Association (ATNA) in December 1916 WW1: Joined the AANS (AMF) on the 18/5/1917 Embarked at Adelaide 14/6/1917 on RMS Mooltan – disembarking Suez 19/7/17 Embarked Alexandria 8/8/17 on Huntsgreen – disembarked Salonika 13/8/17 and joined the 60th General Hospital (GH) Proceeded to 52nd GH 15/10/1918 Embarked 12/2/1919 on Wyreema for UK leave – disembarking Southampton 25/2/19 Attached to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital (AAH) for duty 20/3/19 Discharged in England 1/4/1919 due to marriage Married Charles CAMERON on the 1/4/1919 at St George’s Church, Southport, Lancashire (reg. Ormskirk), England Originally issued Returned Soldier’s Badge No. 253518 Mrs Bertha Mary Cameron, age 37, embarked at Adelaide on the SS Balranald and arrived London Sept 1922 with the intention of living in England – address: 47 College Rd, Whalley Range, Manchester Charles died on the 16/8/1929 at Torquay, England Bertha returned to Australia on the Hobsons Bay, departing Southampton on the 19/2/1930 She was a Sister at the St Margaret’s Convalescent Hospital, Military Road, Semaphore, SA in 1936 Matron, Rest Home, Mt Barker 1939 Matron at the (Red Cross) Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey Home in Mount Barker, SA, 1942, 1943 [Possibly appointed Matron at the Scotch College Cadet Corps in 1950] Died on the 26th of August 1972 at Norwood, SA, age 87, Buried Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, Mitcham City, SA [Plot: Derrick Gardens, Path 24, Grave 181B] Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Wed 9 May 1917 (p.2): NURSES FOR MILITARY DUTY Staff-nurse B. Kent and Nurse F.E.S. Eagle, of the Broken Hill and District Hospital, have been called up for military duty at the front, and will leave Broken Hill to-morrow night. The Advertiser (Adelaide), Sat 7 Jun 1919: MARRIAGES CAMERON – KENT – On the 1st April, at St George’s Church, Southport, Lancashire, Charles Cameron, son of M.H. Cameron, Esq, to Sister Bertha Mary Kent, daughter of Mary and the late R.B. Kent, of 68 Beulah-road, Norwood. Present address, 67 Leyland-road, Southport, Lancashire. The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Mon 19 Aug 1929 (p.12): DEATHS CAMERON – On the 16th August, at Torquay, England, Charles, the beloved husband of Bertha Cameron (nee Sister Kent). (By cable.) The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Thur 24 Sept 1942 (p.6): THIRD RED CROSS HOME OPENED Named After Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey As a tribute to its president Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey the executive of the Red Cross Society decided, at a meeting yesterday, to name the recently opened Red Cross convalescent home at Mount Barker the Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey Home. The home, which was formerly the Methodist Convalescent Home, has been modernized and renovated, and will have accommodation for 70 members of the fighting forces convalescing after having been in military hospitals. Its present occupants are members of the women’s army services. The home is in charge of Matron B.M. Cameron, a returned nurse of the last war in which she served in Salonika and London. Bunyip (Gawler, SA), Fri 28 May 1943 (p.1): GAWLER RED CROSS AIDS VISITED BY THE COMMANDER …………………………………………………………. The Lady Muriel Barclay-Harvey Home at Mt Barker for members of the RAAF is entirely staffed by the Aids of No. 11 district, under the supervision of Matron Cameron. Notes: Observer (Adelaide, SA), Sat 4 Nov 1916 (p.37): LATE PTE W.M. KENT Mr R. Kent, of Beulah road, Norwood, has been notified that his son, Pte W.M. Kent, of the 10th Battalion, who was previously reported missing, was killed in action on May 2, 1915, at the Dardanelles. The Journal (Adelaide, SA), Thu 27 Jun 1918 (p.1): DEATHS KENT – On the 27th June, at Ningana Private Hospital, Richard Kent, the beloved husband of Mary Kent, and father of Mr F.Kent, and Sister B. Kent, Salonika, and Mrs E. Barratt, Jamestown. At rest. News (Adelaide, SA), Fri 18 Apr 1941 (p.2): DEATHS KENT – On April 18, at her residence, 68 Beulah road, Norwood, Mary Ann, widow of Richard Kent and loving mother of Mrs Bertha Cameron, of Rest Home, Mount Barker, and Mrs Ethel Barratt, of Beulah road, Norwood. Born at Chelsea 1846. Arrived in “Punjaub” 1856. At rest.