• Nellie McKenna

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Birth

    Shepparton, VIC, Australia

  • The Last time I saw Aunt Nell. It was a Nursing home.

    Sunday, 31 January 1960 - Wednesday, 31 January 1962

Stories and comments
    • McKENNA, Nellie (Ellen) – Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 10 April 2016

    Ellen was born on the 22nd of July 1889 at Nixon St, Shepparton, Vic – daughter of (Dr) Jeremiah McKENNA, J.P. and Elizabeth (Lizzie) O’CALLAGHAN – who married on the 5/4/1888 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn, Vic Jeremiah died at their home in Maude St, Shepparton in May 1918, age 60 Elizabeth was living at Emo Rd, East Malvern in 1919, and died in Melbourne in 1948, age 85 Siblings: John b.1890; Kathleen Veronica b.1892; Margaret b.&d.1894 (17d); Gertrude b.1895 – Nurse; Maurice b.1898 – d.1970 Vic; Francis b.1899 – d.1959 Vic; Leo b.1900 – d.1975 Vic; Bertille Zita b.1904 – marr Fred A. CHOPIN 1933 NSW; Thomas Vincent b.1906 – WW2 Religion: Roman Catholic Trained in nursing at the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for 3 years WW1: Embarked 17/7/1915 on the A67 Orsova with the Convalescent Depot for Harefield, England – Nellie was ill with Pneumonia during the voyage Commenced duty at the Coulter Hospital, Grosvenor Square, London in November 1915 One weeks Leave from 5/5/1916, following night duty Sent to 4th London General Hospital for duty 13/5/1916 Two weeks Leave in September 1916 Transferred to the 3rd AAH, Dartford 21/10/1916 Proceeded O/S to France 9/4/1917 and taken on strength of the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH), Rouen 11/4/1917 UK Leave 1/1/1918 – 20/1/1918, and again 27/1/1918 – 5/2/1918 Transferred to England en-route for Australia 23/5/1918 Attached to 2nd AAH, Southall for temporary duty 27/5/1918, pending return to Australia on transport duty Returned to Australia on duty on the Barambah 6/6/1918 – 31/7/1918 Discharged 25/11/1918 Re-joined 25/2/1919 and embarked 26/2/1919 on No.1 HS Karoola – arriving England 17/4/1919 Granted Leave 19/5/1919 to the 30/6/1919 for Non-Military Employment (NME) – to learn Motor Driving at the Warwick School of Motoring – however, Leave was then cancelled as she never went on N.M.E. Demobbed in England 20/8/1919 in order to marry her fiancée Henry, who was doing post graduation work there before returning to Australia – their engagement had been announced in June 1916 Address: 71 Lexham Gardens, Earls Court Married (Dr) Henry George LEAHY (Captain, 14th AGH) on the 24/10/1919 at the Church of our Lady of Victories, Kensington, England They returned together on the Konigin Luise 18/12/1919 Child: daughter Living “Beresford” Billyard Ave, Elizabeth Bay, NSW in 1925 / 39 Etham Ave, Woollahra, NSW in 1930 / Kenwood, Sutherland Cres, Edgecliff, NSW 1931 / New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, NSW 1933, 1935 Henry George LEAHY was born 6/3/1888 Thargomindah, Qld – son of John and Annie John was Qld’s Minister for Railways in 1902 Annie died 28/1/1927 Sth Aust Medical Graduate, Sydney University WW1: Capt – Hon Maj, 14th AGH Enlisted 1/3/1916 and embarked on the HS Karoola 19/8/1916 with the 14th AGH – disembarking Suez 20/9/1916 Transferred to the 3rd LH Fld Amb 15/1/1917 – returned to 14th AGH 24/7/1918 Embarked at Port Said on the Malwa for the UK 7/5/1919 Granted Leave 3/8/1919 – 30/11/1919 Henry was a resident surgeon at Sydney Hospital before he enlisted Skin Specialist, 183 Macquarie St, Sydney in 1924 Died 1/4/1940 at the Temora Hospital, NSW, and buried in the Temora Cemetery Weekly Times (Melb, Vic), Sat 10 Aug 1889 (p.10): BIRTHS McKENNA – On the 22nd ult., at Nixon street, Shepparton, the wife of Dr McKenna of a daughter. Kyabram Guardian (Vic), Tue 29 Jun 1915 (p.2): Personal Nurse Nellie McKenna, a daughter of Dr and Mrs J. McKenna, of Shepparton, has volunteered for active service as a nurse. Her services have been accepted, and she expects to leave Victoria at the end of the present month. Numurkah Standard ......etc….. (Vic), Wed 24 Nov 1915 (p.4): With the Red Cross Nurses Following are further extracts from letters received from Sister H. Morris, one of the Australian Red Cross Nurses now in England:– We had to stay on board at Toulon – only those with passports allowed off. ……. …………………………………………………………………………… Nellie McKenna (from Shepparton) was ill with pneumonia coming over on the boat, and is now staying with friends. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154598022 Euroa Gazette (Vic), Tue 13 Jun 1916 (p.2): PERSONAL An engagement is announced between Miss Nellie McKenna, eldest daughter of Dr and Mrs McKenna, of Shepparton, and Captain Harry George Leahy, M.B., A.A.M.C., A.I.F., only son of Mrs and the late Mr Leahy, of Brisbane, Queensland. Captain Leahy expects to leave shortly for England to join his fiancée who is a sister in the Coulter Hospital. Shepparton News (Vic), Mon 9 Jul 1917 (p.3): LETTERS FROM THE FRONT A NURSE’S LETTER Sister Geneveve Ward, a niece of the Rev. Mother Augustine, formerly of St Brendan’s Convent, Shepparton, and now at Ascot Vale, has sent an interesting letter to Mr J.P. McLennan, under date May 2nd, from No. 2 Ambulance Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, London. She writes she has had a lovely time since her arrival in England, and has had many opportunities of seeing the beauty spots of England, Ireland, and Scotland. They are indeed very lovely. Miss Nelly McKenna, daughter of Dr McKenna, I saw frequently last year but she is now in France working very hard. I had a letter from her this morning. She is at Rouen and says they have some very terrible cases. ……………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129956908 Shepparton News (Vic), Mon 5 Aug 1918 (p.3): ROLL OF HONOR Miss Nellie McKenna, daughter of the late Dr J. McKenna, who has been acting as nurse in the European military hospitals, is back home. She reached Shepparton last Thursday night. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 2 Apr 1940: DEATH OF DR HENRY LEAHY Dr Henry Leahy, who practiced in Sydney, and subsequently went to Adaminaby and Barmedman, died on Sunday in Temora Hospital, and was buried in Temora yesterday afternoon. He was 53. Dr Leahy had distinguished service with the Royal Australian Medical Corps in Palestine in the last war. His father was a former Minister and Speaker in the Queensland Parliament. He is survived by his wife and a daughter. Notes: Father’s Obit 1918: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129683233 Henry’s Obit 1940: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/144264837