• Rhoda McKendrick

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Birth

    Hobart, TAS, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • McKENDRICK, Rhoda Mary Ann - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 2 April 2016

    Born on the 14th of December 1884 at Hobart – daughter of John Thomas McKENDRICK & Charlotte Harriett LEITCH – who married on the 16/1/1884 at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart John died on the 12/9/1940 at their home in Moonah, Tas, aged 81, and Charlotte died in November 1958, aged 95 – they are buried together in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery Siblings include: *John Thomas McKENDRICK b.1886 – WW1: Pte 149, 12th Bn – KIA 11/8/1915 *Margaret Damaris McKENDRICK b.1890 – WW1: Staff Nurse, AANS 1917 – 1919 *Robert James Mott McKENDRICK b.1892 – WW1: CSM 1661, 15th Bn. 1915 – 1919 Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at the Devon Hospital, Latrobe, Tas – passing her final exam for the A.T.N.A. in June 1912 – resigning in August 1914 [She was one of thirteen nurses listed on the Devon Hopsital WW1 Honour Roll] WW1: Joined the AANS on the 5/10/1915 Embarked in Melbourne 18/9/1916 on the SS Karmala for India – disembarking Bombay 10/10/1916 and posted to the Gerrard Freeman Thomas Hospital for duty Transferred to the Officer’s Hospital, Malabar Hill, Bombay 21/1/1917 Resigned appointment 28/6/1917 due to having been married Married Henry Denton HOLDEN (Lieut, British Army) on the 14/6/1917 by special license at the English Church, Bombay, India Children: John Barrie b.18/8/1918 Poona, India – WW2 Rhoda returned to Australia in January 1919 with her infant son Resident of Glenorchy, (Moonah) Tas in 1922 (home duties), 1925 (from file), 1928 (nurse, on her own); Macquarie St Hobart 1936, 1937 (Matron); Campbell St, Hobart 1944; Lampton Ave Moonah 1949 (home duties, also John Barry Holden, clerk); Lampton Ave, Moonah 1954 (home duties, on her own) Honorary Secretary of the A.T.N.A. (Tas Branch) from at least 1933 to 1945 Matron of the Nurses Club, Macquarie St, Hobart 1940 Assistant Commandant of the Hobart V.A.D. 1940 Rhoda died in August 1968 in Tasmania, age 83 – her last residence being New Town Cremated 29/8/1968 and interred with her parents in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery [CofE, Sect HH, No.88] Henry born 1890 Cheshire, England – son of Thomas Richardson & Rosa Mary (nee Denton) WW1: Lieut, 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment, British Army Resident Gleorchy, Tas 1922 (Orchadist); Armidale, Vic 1931 (Traveller); St Kilda 1943 (Clerk); St Kilda 1949 [Remarried, Irene Edith – listed with him 1931 & 1943, but not 1949] Selling oil on commission for Oil Products Ltd. (United Oil Co.) from July 1931 – July 1933 Declared bankrupt in 1939 Vic Died January 1955 Vic – cremated Springvale Cemetery 7/1/1955 & his ashes scattered The Mercury (Hobart) Thur 2 Aug 1917: Marriages HOLDEN – McKENDRICK – On June 14, 1917, at English Church, Bombay (by Specal License) Harry Denton, Lieutenant (British Army), eldest son of Thomas Richard Holden, Manchester, England to Rhoda Mary (AANS), eldest daughter of John T. McKendrick, Paloona, NW Coast, Tasmania. Advocate (Burnie, Tas), Tue 14 Jan 1919 (p.3): PERSONAL Mr and Mrs McKendrick, Paloona, have received a radiogram stating their daughter, Mrs H.D. Holden, and son expect to arrive in Melbourne on the 17th inst. from India. Nurse McKendrick left in September 1915 [sic], and was appointed to the Feeman-Thomas Hospital, Bombay, and later to the British Officers’ Hospital, Malabar Hill. In 1917 Nurse McKendrick married Lieut Holden, of the 1st Manchesters. It is not known whether her husband accompanies her, as when the last mail was received Lieut Holden was due his captaincy and under orders for Simla. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Tue 2 Jul 1940 (p.4): REMEMBRANCE V.A.D. DANCE There is every indication that the Remembrance V.A.D. dance to be held at Hutchins School, Hobart, on Thursday night, will be a successful function from all points of view. The detachment I comprised of daughters or wives of returned soldiers, and has 70 members. Mrs C.H. Elliott, a returned army sister, who was mentioned in despatches in the Great War, is commandant, Mrs Holden (nee Sister McKendrick) is assistant commandant, and Mrs Polley (formerly Sister Edith Moore), another returned army sister, is lady superintendent. ……………… Notes: The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas), Sat 16 Sept 1916 (p.5): TASMANIAN CASUALTIES Mr J.T. McKendrick, of Paloona, who received word some time ago that his son had been wounded in France, has received a letter from him that he is doing well and hopes to be soon back in the firing line. This family has done well for the Empire, as one son was killed at Lone Pine and a sister of these gallant soldiers, Nurse McKendrick, is leaving shortly for India to take up duties in a military hospital. Sister, 1950: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/26730036