• Edith Mary Rawson Adams

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    Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

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    • ADAMS, Edith Mary Rawson - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 4 February 2016

    Born on the 2nd of November 1887 East Dereham, Norfolk, England – daughter of James Rawson ADAMS (Engineer & draughtsman / Planter) & Sarah Elizabeth COLBECK – who married in the Sep Qtr of 1886 in Leeds, Yorkshire The family were living in Kimberworth, Yorkshire in 1891 – they migrated to Australia c1892, were they resided at Koorlong, Mildura until the end of the war James died 28/9/1920 at the Buninyong Vicarage, aged 62 – Sarah returned to England after his death, her address in 1928 being The Vicarage, Burstwick-Hall, Yorkshire Siblings include: Frederick James b.1890 Kimberworth, Yorkshire – (868, 8th Bn, KIA 25-26/4/1915 Gallipoli – AWM photo) Edgar Robert Colbeck b. 1896 Mildura – (1108 / 1127, 8th Bn, POW d.25/4/1915 Gallipoli – AWM photo) Religion: Church of England Edith trained at Mildura Hospital for 3 years, passing her final exam for the Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association (RVTNA) in November 1914 Nursing in Melbourne in 1915 WW1: Joined AANS 19/7/1917 Embarked 5/9/1917 on the A55 Kyarra – disembarking Bombay 6/10/17 & admitted to Colaba Hospital (gastric) Discharged from hospital and posted to Victoria War Hospital, Bombay 6/11/17 for duty – transferred to Station Hospital, Belgaum 16/11/17 Resigned 24/9/1918 due to marriage Married Rev Sidney Fremlyn STREATFIELD (Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept) on Tuesday the 24th of September 1918 at St Mary’s Church, Belgaum, India Children (3 sons): R.J. b.23/7/1920 at the Vicarage, Buninyong; F.R. b.c1923; P.F. b.c1926 Embarking in Bombay on the SS Hungarian, the couple arrived at Fremantle on the 11/7/1919 en route to Victoria – where Sidney was to take up the Vicarage at Buninyong until July 1921, after which time they returned to India Living Calcutta, India 1921 Address in 1928: Principals House, St George’s Homes, Ketti Nilgris, India In 1928 the family (3 sons – R.J. 7; F.R. 5 & P.F. 2) embarked on the Otranto, which arrived at Tilbury, England 12/4/1928 – their address in the UK to be 14 Wolfes Rd, Limpsfield, Surrey Edith and her youngest son travelled from Bombay to the UK in 1933 on the Castalia, arriving Liverpool 12/8/1933 Edith returned to India on the California, departing Liverpool 4/10/1934 Edith returned to India on the Strathnaver, departing London 2/10/1936 Edith returned to India on the Strathmore, departing London 30/9/1938 [Her address whilst in England: Stenders Cottage, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire] In 1945 Sidney (a Canon) & Edith returned to the UK on the City of Exeter, arriving Liverpool 19/8/1945 with the intention of living at Stender’s Cottage, Mitcheldean, (in the Forest of Dean), Gloucestershire Edith died in the later part of 1946 in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, age 58 Sidney died in Warwickshire early in 1952, age 64 Rev Sidney Fremlyn Streatfield Born 11/10/1887 Streatham, Surrey – son of George Sidney (C of E Clergyman) & Maria Charlotte – family living Christ Church Vicarage, Hampstead in 1901; Fenny Compton Rectory, Leamington, Warwickshire in 1911 WW1: British Red Cross Society / French Red Cross / Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept During the war he served as a Stretcher Bearer with the British Red Cross; a Voluntary Driver with Dr Hector Munro’s Unit; and a Chaplain with the French Red Cross His addresses on his British Medal Card: were St John’s V.A.D. Hospital, Hull – later replaced with the Chaplain’s Bungalow, Shanbad EIR India Mildura Telegraph and Darling….. (Vic), Fri 10 Apr 1914 (p.8): LADY’S LETTER Nurse Edith Adams, of Koorlong, arrived on Tuesday to spend a short holiday in Mildura. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 9 Jan 1915 (p.12): SOCIAL LETTER Miss Alice Victoria Rogers, and Miss Edith Mary Adams, two Mildura nurses, were among the candidates who passed the Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association examination; …………………………….. Mildura Telegraph and Darling….. (Vic), Fri 14 May 1915 (p.4): LADY’S LETTER Miss Emily Hollick, a former resident and a very engergetic worker in church, hospital and every good cause, is visiting Mildura. She is staying with Mr and Mrs J.R. Adams of Koorlong, whose daughter Miss Edith Adams, left for Melbourne on Wednesday to resume her profession of nursing, and whose two sons are “somewhere” either in Egypt or Europe with the Expeditionary Force. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 30 Jun 1917 (p.12): SOCIAL LETTER Sister Edith Adams has received notification from the military authorities, Melbourne, that she must be ready for active service abroad at an early date. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 4 Aug 1917 (p.14): A Presentation At a later stage the Bishop, on behalf of the choir and congregation of St Margaret’s, handed a wristlet watch to Miss Edith Adams, who was present in Nurse’s uniform, being home on final leave prior to embarking for Europe. She was (the Bishop remarked) just one of those women of the Empire of whom they all were so proud and to whom they would never be able to repay the debt that they owed. He prayed that God’s blessing would follow Sister Adams and that in due course she would be brought back to Mildura safely. Three cheers and a “tiger” were given for Sister Adams and the audience also sang “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 13 Oct 1917 (p.12): Social Letter Mr and Mrs J.R. Adams, of Koorlong, have received a cable message from their daughter, Sister Edith Adams, telling of her arrival at Bombay. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 2 Mar 1918 (p.12): Social Letter A short time ago a Christmas Card came from Sister Edith Adams. It was rather belated, but still was interesting when it arrived. The card bore the sender’s military colors, and was forwarded with good wishes to the Koorlong Red Cross Society, but was not received until after the Society went into recess. Sister Adams “hoped the workers” fingers would never grow weary,” for the work they do is greatly needed and greatly appreciated. At the time of writing she was feeling splendid. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 1 Jun 1918 (p.12): SOCIAL LETTER …………………………… The latest to hand is the engagement of Miss Edith Adams, ………………………… They met and are still meeting in Belgaum, India. Miss Adams speaks highly of the climate and as it is a health station she appreciates her luck in being sent to such a cool part of India. In this pleasant game of consequences you will be pleased to hear what the parents think. They consider it to be a happy engagement in every way, the more so on account of their daughter concentrating her best interests on ecclesiastic lines, as did her forefathers. The Australasian (Melb, Vic), Sat 8 Jun 1918 (p.34): ENGAGEMENTS The engagement is announced of Miss Edith M.R. Adams, A.A.N.S., now at the Station Hospital, Belgaum, India, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Rawson Adams, of Mildura, and the Rev S. Fremlyn Streatfield, B.A., chaplain to the Forces, son of the Rev G.S. Streatfield (late Canon of Rochester and Coventry), St Albans, Herts, England. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 28 Sept 1918 (p.12): SOCIAL LETTER So we shall no longer speak of Nurse Adams in the present tense, but will have to think of her now as Mrs Streatfield, for her wedding took place at Belgaum, India, on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. (2 p.m. or thereabouts by our time), to Chaplain Streatfield, a Chaplain on the Indian Establishment, and descending from a long line of ecclesiastics. Mr and Mrs Adams, of Koorlong, parents of the bride, also have many relations in holy orders in England, so that their daughter, settling in life as a clergyman’s wife, should find herself in a very congenial atmosphere. I believe the climate at Belgaum, situated as it is among the hills, is very lovely. The stipend of a Chaplain on a Hills Station is about £600 a year, and his retirement may be made after 15 years’ service on a pension of £300 per annum. Taking everything into consideration the young lady in question is certainly to be congratulated that her married life has such an auspicious commencement. She intends continuing the work among sick soldiers. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 28 Dec 1918 (p.12): SOCIAL LETTER A military wedding that will interest many in Mildura took place on September 24th at St Mary’s Church, Belgaum, India, between the Rev. Sydney Fremlyn Streatfield, B.A., Chaplain to the Forces, son of the Rev S.S. [sic] Streatfield, M.A., late Canon of Coventry, and now of St Albans, England, and Mrs Streatfield, and Sister Edith M. Rawson Adams, A.A.N.S., of the Belgaum Station Hospital, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Rawson Adams, of Mildura. The service was fully choral. The bride was given away by Lieut-Col. Gill, R.A.M.C., O.C., Captain Gridley acting as best man. A reception was afterwards held at the Bungalow of Mrs McGregor, Belgaum. The Ballarat Star (Vic), Sat 2 Aug 1919 (p.2): BUNINYONG MINISTER’S ILLNESS The Rev. S.F. Streatfield, the newly appointed minister for Bunninyong is suffering from influenza and will not be able to preach on Sunday. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 4 Oct 1919 (p.12): SOCIAL LETTER The friends of Mrs Fremlyn Streatfield (Miss Edith Adams) will be glad to know she is much nearer Mildura than when nursing in Belgauim [sic]. Her husband the Rev Fremlyn Streatfield, M.A., has been recently appointed Vicar of Buninyong, near Ballarat. Mr and Mrs J.R. Adams at present are staying with them at the Vicarage. The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 31 Jul 1920 (p.10): BIRTH STREATFIELD – On 23rd July, at the Vicarage, Buninyong, the wife of Ref. Sydney Fremlyn Streatfield, Vicar – a son. The Ballarat Star (Vic), Thur 14 Jul 1921 (p.6): BUNINYONG HOLY TRINITY CHURCH The annual meeting of the Holy Trinity Church, Buninyong, was held in the Sunday school on Tuesday evening, 12th July. About 50 were present. The Rev. S.F. Streatfield was in the chair. ………………………………………………. At the close of the vicar’s annual report he spoke of his early departure for India, and expressed his thanks to all the church workers and residents who had assisted him during his two-years’ ministry in Bunninyong. He had received a call to the mission field, and felt it his duty to go, but he would look forward to seeing Australia again. The secretary (Mr E. Hale) then presented to Mr and Mrs Streatfield a pocket book containing a roll of bank notes, and asked the retiring vicar to purchase something which would be useful to them in their new home. ……………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/211968946