• Kathleen Lydia Conway

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Residence at enlistment - WW1

    Montacute, SA, Australia

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    • CONWAY, Kathleen Lydia – Sister, ARRC, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    Born on the 29th of April 1891 at Fifth Creek, Montacute, SA (reg. Norwood) – the daughter of Archibald CONWAY and Frances Anna BURT, who married on the 2/1/1884 at St Matthew’s Church, Kensington, SA Archibald died in 1904 and Frances in 1907 Siblings: Frances Emily 1884 – 1902; Archibald 1887 – 1894; Robert George 1889 – 1894; Emily b.1892 – Kindergarten Teacher at Tormore House School; Barry b.1894 – WW1: Pte 1815, 43rd Bn, RTA 26/9/17; Dorothy b.1896; Letitia b.1896 Trained in nursing at the Adelaide Hospital for 3 years – including 3 weeks as acting Sister in a surgical ward whilst still a Probationer Member of the Royal British Nurses Association Resident of Montacute 1914 WW1: Examined for enlistment in the AANS 30/10/1914 Selected by the ADF for enlistment in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) 30/3/1915 – and embarked from Australia 8/4/1915 on the Malwa – disembarking in Egypt 1/5/1915 Joined the QAIMNSR for duty on the 14/5/1915 and served first in Egypt, including an auxiliary hospital of the 1st AGH at the Racecourse Pavilion, Heliopolis She later served for approximately 6 months on the HS Assaye – taking wounded from Gallipoli and Egypt to England During this time she spent from 20/10/15 – 8/11/15 in the UK Leaving the hospital ship, she then served in Egypt again at the 31st General Hospital, Port Said from the 6/3/1916 until the start of January 1919 Granted 14 days Leave from the 23/7/1917 to 5/8/1917 To be Acting Sister from 1/1/1918 Admitted to hospital as a patient 22/8/1918 – rejoined the 31st GH 31/8/1918 Granted 8 days Leave from 30/12/1918 to 8/1/1919 Attached to the 88th General Hospital, Cairo 8/1/1919 Confidential Report, Matron A. M. Purcell, 88th GH, 1/3/1919 (p.16 of SR): “Sister Kathleen L. Conway, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. has been attached to this Hospital since January 8th 1919. She has been in charge of a Men’s Surgical Division. Her work has been very good. She appears to be a thoroughly well trained nurse, reliable, conscientious, tactful, and very kind to the patients. She is neat, and is Punctual on duty. Her ward has been kept in good order. Conduct very good. I consider her suitable for further military service.” Returned to Australia on the Kildonian Castle, embarking 2/4/1919 and disembarking 7/5/1919 Appointment terminated with the QAIMNSR 5/5/1919 Awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class (ARRC) for services in Egypt – listed in Supplement to London Gazette, 3/6/1919 Kathleen returned to Egypt on the Orsova, embarking in Adelaide on the 26/9/1919, and arriving Suez 19/10/1919 [the Orsova departed Port Said 23/10/1919 for London, arriving 3/11/1919] She married Samuel Arthur TURNER on the 27th of October 1919 (presumably in Egypt) Samuel Arthur: Born c1889 [possibly born Chorlton, Manchester, Lancashire Sept Qtr 1888 – son of Samuel and Sarah Ann – Assistant Teacher in 1911] WW1: Pte 986, 1/6th Manchester Regt – HQ Palestine – served Egypt and Gallipoli from 25/9/1914 / Received his commission 14/1/1916 – Lieut, Lancashire Fusiliers / Capt, Royal Air Force – M.B.E. To be Flight Lieutenant July 1924 The couple were living in Manchester, England by 1921 Children: Barry, Jim and Malcolm A son was born in Manchester, England on the 9/4/1921 [reg. as Arthur B.C. Turner] – Barry? Samuel Arthur died on the 19/1/1958 in Sth Australia, aged 69 Kathleen applied for Repat in 1960 Kathleen died on the 14th of August 1979 in Sth Australia, aged 88 She is buried with Samuel in the Centennial Park Cemetery The Mail (Adelaide, SA), Sat 2 Jan 1915 (p.3): PERSONAL The following appointments (temporary) to the Australian Army Nursing Service, 4th Military District, have been approved: – ……………………..; Nursing Sister K.L. Conway, vice L. White, seconded; ……………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59299363 The Register (Adelaide), Fri 2 Apr 1915 (p.7): NURSES FOR THE FRONT Six nurses of the Royal British Nursing Association will leave for the front by the Malwa on Thursday – Nurses Wilkinson, Conway, Stacy, Hook, McManis, and Frost. The Register (Adelaide), Fri 11 Jun 1915 (p.5): Adelaide Nurse’s Letter Sister Lillian McManus, in a chatty letter to her sister, Mrs F. Harris, of Payneham, written from the 1st Australian Hospital, Heliopolis, on April 6 [sic], recounts the arrival of Nurses Conway, Wilkinson, and herself at Heliopolis, where Miss Graham, of Adelaide, is matron of the “infectious” department. Lieut-Col (Dr) Ramsay Smith took them in a motor which belonged to a prince to see their new home, “which was gorgeous, and the lightings and hangings glorious.” About 20 nurses live together, and they have Egyptian servants and an English housekeeper, the former waiting at table in white robes with red belts, red felt slippers, and red fez caps. A motor ambulance night and morning takes the nurses to and from the hospital. The Register (Adelaide), Sat 26 Jun 1915 (p.10): HEROIC NURSES IN EGYPT “Largest Hospital in Existence” Writing from “Luna Park Infectious Hospital, April 27,” a well-known Adelaide nurse says: – Writing again on May 10 the same nurse said: – “We moved from Luna Park nearly a fortnight ago into the racecourse pavilion at 10 minutes’ notice – 110 patients and all their belongings. Now we are quite straight. It is a beautiful place, and overlooks the soldier’s tents. We cleared it up and have a nice sitting-room, one large ward with 38 beds, two smaller wards, and a piazza double-banked with beds for sitting-up patients. In a dome upon a flat roof we sleep, 16 light-duty men. The other nurses landed a week ago. I have Sisters McManus and Conway with me. Luna Park is filled up with wounded, and there are other nurses there. Miss Graham is matron of Luna Park, and with her we nurses are living in a place of our own, and running our own mess, right on the edge of the desert. There are 23 of us from Luna Park and the Pavilion.” On May 23 the same correspondent writes – ………………………………… When the sisters by the Kyarra arrive, which may be at any moment, our 23 of the R.A.M.C. will move on further to Alexandria. There is work for plenty more nurses. ……………………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59607611 The Register (Adelaide), Thur 8 May 1919: RETURNED SOLDIERS WELCOMED The troops from the Kildonian Castle were released from quarantine on Wednesday morning, and arrived at the Outer Harbour by the launch Vigilant at half-past 10, ……………… …………………………………………… Those landed who were not in the list were: ………… Sisters K. Conway and L.V. McManus ……. The Register (Adelaide), Wed 1 Oct 1919: CONCERNING PEOPLE The following first and second saloon passengers left Adelaide by the Orsova on Friday for London and Port Said: London ……………. Port Said – Second saloon, Sister K.L. Conway. Observer (Adelaide, SA), Sat 23 Apr 1921 (p.27): BIRTHS TURNER (nee K. Conway) – On the 9th April, at Manchester, England, the wife of Capt S.A. Turner – a son.