• Lydia Kate King

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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    • KING, Lydia Kate / Kathleen - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 16 October 2015

    Born 24/2/1886 Glebe, NSW – daughter of Henry James KING (Alderman, Merchant) & Lydia Knapp WHITFIELD – who married in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England in 1879 Siblings: Whitfield d.1949 Ryde; Philip Henry d.1949 Dubbo; George Frederick b.1884 Glebe – d.1951 Orange; EstherWynne b.1/6/1888 Glebe – WW1: Sister, AANS; Harold J b.&d.1890 Orange; Wilfred J b.1892 Glebe; Emily F b.1895 Glebe Religion: Church of England Educated: Orange Public School Trained as a nurse at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital WW1: Embarked 24/11/1914 on A55 Kyarra with the 2nd AGH for Egypt (with Ursula Carter, her future sister-in-law) “Embarked SS Sicilia for Lemnos April 15th 1915 – arrived Cape Helles May 5th. Did duty between Anzac and Alexandria & Malta until August 15th” [from her 1967 letter, applying for the Gallipoli Medallion] “Has been doing duty on HS Grantully Castle returned to Ghezira today” 4/11/15 [service record] Promoted to rank of Nursing Sister 1/12/1915 Nursing duties to Australia on Ulysses – left Suez 3/1/1916 – and arrived 5/2/1916 (also her sister, Esther) Re-embarked at Melbourne on the A14 Euripides 4/4/1916 to rejoin her Unit Taken on strength of the 2nd AAH, Southall, England 10/12/1916 Married Lt Col Herbert Gordon CARTER (Lt Col, 5th Pioneers) on the 31/1/1917 at the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Southall, England “Did VAD duties at Harefield Hospital from June 8 1917 to December 10th 1917” Returned to Australia on the HT Warwickshire, embarking London 5/4/1919 Children: Beatrice Wynne (Betty) b.Jun Qtr 1918 Brentford, England – d.3/3/1920 Roseville, age 1yr 9mths; Edward Gordon b.14/8/1919 Sydney – WW2: Lieut 2/1 Pioneer Bn, 1940-1945; John Whitfield b.20/4/1921 Roseville, NSW – WW2: RAAF, d.1/4/1944; Anthony James b.5/6/1923 Roseville – WW2: Gnr, 103 Tank Regt, 1942-1946; Shirley b.7/10/1925 Roseville – WW2: Pte AWAS 1945-1946 – marr CLIFTON 1920 address: “Westover”, Shirley Rd, Roseville, Sydney Mayoress of Kuring-gai, NSW 1938 & 1939 Living at Wahroonga 1938, 1947 / Pymble 1951, 1963 / Turramurra 1967 Applied for Repat 1959 Died 18/9/1972 at her home in Turramurra, NSW Cremated Northern Suburbs Crematorium Herbert Gordon CARTER was born 24/3/1885 St Leonards, NSW – son of Herbert James (Schoolmaster) CARTER & Antoinette Charlotte MOORE – who married in Sydney in 1882 Siblings: Edward Moore b.1886 St Leonards (Spr 344, 1st FCE – d.23/7/1915 Malta); Ursula Mary b.1887 St Leonards (Sister, AANS); Beatrice F b.1889 St Leonards; Robert Burnside b.1891 Ashfield (Capt, RAMC) Educated at Sydney Grammar School, King’s School and Sydney University Occupation: Engineer – Railway Dept WW1: Lt Col (DSO, MID), 1st Bn – 5th Pioneers RTA 5/4/1919 on the Warwickshire Mayor of Kuring-gai 1938 & 1939 Alderman of Kuring-gai for 7 years Alderman 1948 Died 11/7/1963 Sydney, NSW (late of Pymble) Leader (Orange, NSW), Fri 16 Feb 1917 (p.8): WEDDING BELLS CARTER – KING Lieutenant-Colonel H. Gordon Carter, who has for some time been on active service with the Australian Imperial Forces, was on January 31st in England married to Sister Kathleen King, of the Australian Army Nursing Sisters. Lieut-Colonel Carter is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs H.J. Carter, of “Garrawilla,” Wahronga, and Sister King is the eldest daughter of Alderman and Mrs H.J. King, of “Burnley,” Orange. The announcement of the marriage was received by cable. In all probability the marriage took place in the old and historic church at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, West of England, in the same chapel where Ald and Mrs King were united as man and wife. Most of Mrs King’s relatives reside at Thornbury. It is quite a remarkable coincidence for the daughter, whose home is in Australia, to be married in the same church as her parents in far-away England. [didn’t happen!] Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW), Wed 16 Jan 1924 (p.14): PERSONAL Herbert Gordon Carter has been appointed to the position of Chief Electrical Engineer in the State Public Works Department on probation for six months from January 2. 1929: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/131632145 Sydney Morning Herald, Sep 20, 1972 (p.64): DEATHS CARTER, Kathleen – September 18, 1972 (suddenly), at her home, Turramurra, dearly beloved wife of the late H. Gordon Carter, loved mother of Betty (deceased), Ted (Tamworth), John (deceased), Tony and Shirley (Mrs Clifton, Coonabarabran) and devoted grandmother of their children, age 86. FUNERALS CARTER – The relatives and friends of the late Mrs KATHLEEN CARTER, of Turramurra, are invited to attend her funeral which will leave St James’ Church of England Church, King Street, Turramurra, tomorrow (Thursday), after service commencing at 10 a.m., for the Northern Suburbs Crematorium. Notes: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=6036576 AWM Photo: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P00401.001 AWM WW1 Identification Pass: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/136180/ AWM Diary: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/3DRL/6040/ Collection relating to Sister Lydia K King, AANS, WW1. Collection consists of handwritten diary in brown leather cover 1914-1972, covers service in Dardanelles area, Malta and Egypt; visit to England in 1915; return to Australia in 1916; return to Egypt and No 3 General Hospital in July 1916 and then to Britain. Diary continues after the war with descriptions of family events. Also included are two typed extracts from diary re the Anzac landing; newsclipping re golf tournment (not dated); "Recepisse de Demande De Carte Didentite" (French Identity card with photograph) issued December 1918 in Nice; movement order from No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 25 May 1918; summary of war service re Sister King and Lt Col Herbert Gordon Carter (husband); application for Anzac medal, 26 June 1967; mock charge sheet; travel arrangements (not dated, incomplete). “Willingly into the Fray: One Hundred Years of Australian Army Nursing” (Ed by Catherine McCullagh): Photo & Diary extracts AWM Extracts from letters 1914 – 1919: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/1DRL/0192/ Collection relating to service of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gordon Carter DSO, 5 Pioneer Battalion, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1914-1919. Collection includes extracts from letters sent by Carter to family in Australia. Copies made by H. J. Carter, father of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gordon Carter and presented to the Memorial, 1930. Location of originals unknown. Summary Biographical note: Lieutenant Colonel, DSO, 5th Pnr Bn, AIF. Born 1885. RTA 5 April 1919. Husband of Sister Lydia King see 3DRL/6040. Eldest son of H. J. Carter. Elder brother of Captain Robert Burnside Carter MC, AAMC, (RMO, 123 Brigade Royal Field Artillery); 344 Sapper Edward Moore Carter, 1 Field Company, Engineers (wounded ANZAC 12 July 1915; died at Malta 23 July 1915), and Sister Ursula Mary Carter, AANS (2 General Hospital). Photos of Herbert – City of Sydney Archives