• Elsie May Allan

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
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    Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

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    • ALLAN, Elsie May - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 12 December 2014

    Born in 1889 at Castlemaine – daughter of Andrew ALLAN & Mary BREEN – who married in Vic in 1888 Siblings: Hilda b.1891 Brunswick; Andrew James b.&d.1892 (6mths); James b.&d.1893 (1mth); Nellie b.1900 Sale Trained Melbourne Hospital (3yrs) WW1: Joined 1/8/1915 – embarked 24/8/1915 on the RMS Morea (parents living at “Mulwalla” 54 Orrong Rd, Armadale) 10th AGH, 1st AGH Proc to join MEF Gallipoli 14/9/15 – 1st ASH, Ismailia 22/1/16 – HMTS Demosthenes 18/3/16 – fractured ankle 20/3/16 [was to be RTA for 6 months change 11/5/16 – but doesn’t seem to have gone home – spent time at HQ instead] – rejoined unit 15/6/16 – embarked as passenger on Kanowna for England 13/8/16 – attached to Auxillary Hosp, Southall 26/8/16 – to duty Queen Mary Hosp, Whalley 31/8/16 Married Major (Dr) James Alexander SMEAL (AAMC) on the 14/2/1917 at Holy Trinity Church, Southall, Middlesex, England RTA with husband & child at own expense, embarking 16/8/1918 on the Mauretania for New York, arriving 23/8/1918 – and connecting with the SS Makura at Vancouver 21/9/1918, disembarking in Sydney 11/10/1918 (for Vic) James applied for refund of wife’s passage May 1919 Children: 1. Joan Glenny SMEAL born 12/2/1918 Salisbury, England (WW2 – Aus Women’s Army Serv 1942-46) – resident of Kalorama 1942 2. Florence Mary SMEAL (known as Mary) - passed her final Nurses exams in 1942 at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Married Flight-Lieut W.B. STAFFORD in July 1944 (Res of Kalorama) Residents of 222 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury in 1922 – Kalorama in 1941 Elsie applied for Repat benefits in Nov 1958 Died 1974 Malvern, age 85. She was cremated at Springvale Botanical Cemetery 5/12/1974, and her ashes scattered. Presbyterian James Alexander SMEAL Born 2/10/1887 Ararat – son of (Dr) James SMEAL & Florence McNEILL Medical Superintendent – Melbourne Hospital before enlisting. WW1: Joined 20/8/1915, - embarked 24/8/1915 on the RMS Morea – Major, AAMC – 10th AGH, 1st AAH, Harefield 14/11/16, 16th Fld Amb 4/4/17, Proc O/S France 29/9/17, 9th Fld Amb 2/10/17 To hosp 16/6/18 Trench fever – Paratyphoid A. Tubercule Appointment terminated 13/11/18 Also served WW2 – V10752, Major, 107 General Hosp (NOK Elsie) 1928 – he was one of the Vice Presidents of the Canterbury & District Horticultural Society Died 1973 Prahran, age 85. He was cremated at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery and his ashes scattered. The Argus, Wed 18 Aug 1915: MELBOURNE HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS MADE At a meeting of the committee of management of the Melbourne Hospital yesterday Dr R.P. McMeekin was appointed acting medical superintendent in the room of Dr J.A. Smeal, who has received an appointment in the 10th Australian General Hospital, in England, and will leave for London next week. The chairman of the committee (Mr John Grice) spoke in a eulogistic strain of the work done by Dr Smeal, and expressed the regret of the committee that the Hospital was to lose his valued services at a time so critical as the present. …………………………… Dr Smeal, in returning thanks, said that it seemed hard to leave the Hospital at the present crisis, but he had been hankering to get to the front for a long time, and had made a special effort to do so. ………………………………………………………………… The Argus, Sat 21 Apr 1917 MARRIAGES SMEAL – ALLAN – On the 14th February, 1917, at Holy Trinity Church, Southall, Middlesex, England, by Captain-Chaplin Gregor MacGregor, DCM, Major James Alexander Smeal, AAMC, elder son of Dr and Mrs Smeal, of Malvern, to Elsie May Allan, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Andrew Allan, of Sydney, late of “Mulwala”, Orrong road, Armadale. The Argus, Sat 27 Dec 1919: MOTOR-CAR REMOVED Dr J.A. Smeal, of Canterbury, left his motor-car standing in the street early yesterday evening while visiting a patient in Canterbury road, and when he came out it was missing. The car is a double-seated Ford, No. 14,211, with a Tarrant Melbourne body, painted light grey, detachable wheels, and a Heinz Springfield self-starter. The Argus, Fri 1 Feb 1935: PERSONAL A private cable message from London announces that Dr James A Smeal has passed the examination for membership of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Smeal is a former Medical Superintendent of the Melbourne Hospital, and intends to do further post-graduate work before returning to Melbourne. The Argus, Wed 30 Dec 1936: Travellers in Largs Bay [ship] ……………………………………………………………. With their two daughters Joan and Mary, Dr and Mrs Smeal returned to Melbourne from England. Dr Smeal has been abroad for two and a half years doing post-graduate work, and his wife and daughters have been away for a year. Most of the time they were in London, where they had a flat, but for six weeks they toured by motor-car on the Continent, through Central Europe and Germany. Mrs Smeal found the cost of housekeeping higher in London than in Australia, although the cheapest goods were Australian butter at 11d or 1/- per lb. and sugar for less than one can buy it here. The Argus, Sat 29 Jul 1944: WEDDINGS STAFFORD – SMEAL The marriage of Florence Mary, younger daughter of Dr and Mrs J.A. Smeal of Kalorama, and Flight-Lieut William Bruce Stafford, only son of Mr and Mrs W.G.A. Stafford, Jeparit, was celebrated at Queen’s College chapel by Rev A.D. Lelean. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attended by Misses Joan Smeal and Ruth Stafford. Dr E.S.R. Hughes was best man, and Dr W.S. Richards groomsman. [WB Stafford was born 21/10/1920 Jeparit – served Army from 27/12/1940, then RAAF to 12/4/1946] The Argus, Sat 12 May 1917: DEATHS SMEAL – On 9th May 1917, at Cairns, Queensland (of pneumonia), Dr James Smeal, of 71 Claremont avenue, Malvern, Melbourne, formerly of Ararat, age 79 years. The Argus, Tue 30 Mar 1943: DEATHS SMEAL – On March 27, Florance, widow of Dr James Smeal, mother of Major J.A. Smeal (AAMC), Glenny Smeal (Leeds, England), sister of Grace McNeill; grandmother of Corporal Joan (A.W.A.S.) and Mary Smeal (Royal Melbourne Hospital), in her 83rd year. – A fine character, loved by all who knew her. (Privately cremated) The Argus, Sat 2 Dec 1944: DEATHS ALLAN – On November 23 (suddenly), in Sydney, Andrew, beloved husband of Mary (Nell), loved father of Elsie Smeal (Kalorama), Hilda Willis (Colac), Nell Rees (Double Bay), grandfather of Joan, Mary, Tim, and John. (Private cremation)