• Lillie McQuirk

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Adelaide CBD, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

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    • McGUIRK (McGURK), Lillie - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 2 April 2016

    Lillie was born Mary Elizabeth McGURK on the 20th August 1888 at Goodwood South, Sth Australia – daughter of Patrick McGURK (Carpenter / Builder) & Mary Ann BURNS – who married at Newcastle on Tyne on the 30/6/1880, before emigrating to Australia on the Corona, arriving in Sth Australia in the October of 1880 The family later moved to Western Australia Patrick died mere weeks after his son Arthur on the 27/8/1932, age 82 – and Mary Ann died 22/7/1942 at Subiaco, age 84 – they are buried with their son Arthur at the Karrakatta Cemetery [RC, AA, 0155A] Siblings: Michael b.11/4/1881 Adelaide; Neal b.c1883 (Armadale 1932) – marr May PENDREIGH 1917 – d.1965, age 82; Arthur Patrick b.c1884 – d.5/8/1932, age 48; John William (Jack) b.16/11/1886 Hyde Park, SA – marr Cecilia KENNEDY 1923 – d.10/12/1957 WA; Francis Brian b.c1893 (Byford 1932), Annie (Saleswoman 1913) – marr Neil James SINCLAIR, (living Mt Lawley 1932) Trained in nursing at Fremantle Hospital for 3 years Member A.T.N.A. WW1: Joined the AANS on the 12/8/1915 and embarked 24/8/1915 on RMS Morea for Egypt Transferred for duty with the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH) – then to the 3rd Auxiliary Convalescent Depot 21/9/1915 Temporarily attached to the 3rd AGH, Abbassia 28/3/1916 – 7/4/1916 Resigned appointment 22/5/1916 on account of marriage Married George Freeman EVANS, (Capt 48th Bn) on the 22/5/1916 in Egypt Returned to Australia on the Port Sydney 24/6/1916 as part of the Nursing Staff George Freeman EVANS born 28/4/1891 Semaphore, SA – son of James Hallen EVANS & Ada Elizabeth PEDLER of “Riverside”, West Guildford, WA Civil Servant WW1: Embarked with reinforcements for the 16th Bn at Fremantle 25/6/1915 on the A62 Wandilla for Egypt – transferred to the 48th Bn 12/3/1916 Proceeded to join BEF 21/6/1916 – disembarking Marseilles 28/6/1916 KIA 14/8/1916 Pozieres – Buried Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, France Following her husbands death, Lillie went to Sth Africa in 1917 to continue nursing She remarried in Sth Africa in 1920 to Douglas Graham GIBSON Children (3): Patrick, Dennis, Ian Mrs L. Gibson, “Craigleaf”, Birchleigh P.O., Transvaal, SA – 1921 Mrs D. Gibson, Sth Africa 1932 – still living in Sth Africa in 1942 Her 2nd husband died in 1942 in South Africa Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Fri 10 Aug 1917 (p.2): A LADY’S LETTER Mrs G.F. Evans (nee Miss Lillie McGuirk), who recently returned from twelve months’ active service in Egypt, and is a member of the Returned Soldiers’ Association, sailed recently for Durban, where she intends taking up her profession again. Her many friends wish her every success. The Australian (Perth, WA), Wed 19 Sept 1917 (p.1): Pen Portraits A cable from Durban announces the safe arrival there of Mesdames McLeod and Evans, widows of the two gallant captains who belonged respectively to the 16th and 48th Battalions, and who gave their all for King and Country. Before marriage Mrs McLeod was Sister Cook, and Mrs Evans Sister McGuirk. They both intend to return to the nursing profession again in South Africa. Notes: The West Australian (Perth, WA), Mon 30 Jun 1930 (p.1): GOLDEN WEDDING McGURK – BURNS – On June 30, 1880, at St Andrew’s R.C. Church, Newcastle on Tyne, England, by the Rev. Father Berry, Patrick, youngest son of Neal and Mary McGurk, Tyrone, Ireland, to Mary Anne, eldest daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Burns, of Newcastle on Tyne, England. Brother Arthur Patrick: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32554134 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Sat 6 Aug 1932 (p.1): DEATHS McGURK – On August 5, 1932, at Subiaco, Arthur Patrick, of the Victoria Hotel, Russell-square, loved son of Patrick and Mary Ann McGurk, of 11 Woodville-street, North Perth, and fond brother of Brian (Byford), Neil (Armadale), Jack (Tarcoola, SA), Annie (Mrs N. Sinclair, Mt Lawley), and Lillian (Mrs D. Gibson, South Africa). R.I.P. Obit for her father 1932: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32546604 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Thur 23 Jul 1942 (p.1): DEATHS McGURK – On July 22, 1942, at Subiaco, Mary Ann, of 270 Walcott-street, Mt Lawley, widow of the late Patrick McGurk, and loving mother of Neal (Armadale), John William, Mary Elizabeth (South Africa), Annie (Mrs Sinclair) and Francis Brian (Byford); aged 84 years. Requiescat in pace. The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Sat 16 Sept 1916 (p.10): THE LATE CAPTAIN G.F. EVANS [Photo] Captain George F. Evans, son of Mr and Mrs James H. Evans, of Western Australia, and formerly of this State, was killed in action in France on August 14. Mr James Evans was formerly railway stationmaster at Semaphore, Woodville, and Largs Bay, and Captain Evans spent his early years in those districts. The grandparents were the late Mr George M. and Mrs Louisa T.N. Pedler, of Semaphore, and Captain Beilby and Mrs Evans, of Port Adelaide. A great-uncle of the deceased officer was the late Colonel Philip Pedler, of Madras, Staff Corps Native Infantry, India, and his great-grandfather was Captain John Pedler, R.N., who served in the battles of Copenhagen and the Nile under Lord Nelson. Prior to enlisting at Western Australia, Captain Evans was employed by the Fremantle Harbor Trust, and was greatly esteemed by his fellow officers. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Tue 19 Sept 1916 (p.1): KILLED IN ACTION EVANS – Killed in action, in France, on August 14, 1916, Captain George Freeman Evans, second dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs J. H. Evans, North Greenbushes, late Allen-street, East Fremantle, aged 25 years. He gave his best, his life, his all. Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Sat 30 Sept 1916 (p.4): DEATHS EVANS – Killed in action in France 14th August, Captain George Freeman Evans (late 16th and 48th Battalion and 12th Infantry Brigade Headquarters), beloved husband of Lillie Evans, 54 Johnston-street, Boulder. *Letter in George’s service record (p.34-36) from his mother, written in December 1920, states that Lillie had remarried in Sth Africa “a few months ago” http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=1909239