• Aileen Young

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    • YOUNG, Aileen Vere Mary – Masseuse, VAD
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Born on the 26th of February 1888 in Waverley, Sydney, NSW – the daughter of (Dr) William Edward YOUNG and Amy SEWELL William died on the 27/8/1907 in Ballarat, aged 56 Sibling: *Eric Maclean (clerk) b.22/9/1894 – WW1: Capt (MC), 7th Bn / 59th Bn – d.12/6/1964 https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/person/25395 Resident of Korumburra South, Vic in 1912 / 63 St Vincent Place, South Melbourne 1914, 1915 (Masseur) Travelled from Melbourne to the UK on the SS Commonwealth, arriving Tilbury on the 2/8/1915 [Masseuse, age 25] WW1 Service: Aileen joined the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield Park, England on the 10/8/1915, where she served as a Masseuse for three and a half years. Following the Armistice, as the hospital gradually closed down, she was sent to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny Returned to Australia on the Ormonde, embarking 1/8/1919 1919: “Hampton House”, Grey St, St Kilda Resident of 18 Kingsley St, Elsternwick 1921; 52 Sussex St, Brighton, Vic in 1925; 145 Church St, Caulfield East [Brighton] 1935; St Albans, 32 Seymour grove, Brighton Beach 1936 (with her brother Eric) Died on the 12th of September 1936 at Brighton Beach, Vic, aged 48, and cremated at Springvale the following day [Struck off the Register of Masseurs in 1937] War Diary No.1 AAH – Jan 1919 Appendix No.11: List of Voluntary Workers: (p.6) Miss A. Young Miss C. Newton Were engaged as Masseuses from January, 1916 till July, 1918, from which date they were paid for their services. AWM Nurse Interview with Matron Kellett, 1919: I joined No. 1 A.A.H., as masseuse, on 10th August, 1915. There were three of us there at that time, and the work was fairly strenuous. The majority of the patients had not had any massage treatment before coming to us, and as it was sometimes months, before we got them, the results were pretty bad. However about November, 1915, we were reinforced, and our Staff gradually increased to eleven. By this time, the Hospital had grown to 1,000 beds, and we still had plenty to do. At the beginning all our work was done in the wards, but when Colonel Dennis took charge of the department, we were given wards of our own for massage and electric treatment. We did some medical work, but owing to the fact that we were nearly always short staffed, most of our attention had to be turned to the surgical cases. A great percentage of the fracture cases also had nerve lesions, and I was fortunate enough to have a great deal of this work to do. We did not keep the patients long enough to see any absolute recoveries, of course, but the improvement in many cases was more than satisfactory. Radiant Heat, and electricity were a large factor in our treatment of stiff joints, and rheumatism especially. Our wards were splendidly equipped, which gave us every chance of getting the best results from our work, and I think that the men, for the most part, were satisfied and happy. I was in this Hospital for three and a half years, when I was sent to No. 1 A.G.H. at Sutton Veny, to make another start, with another of the original No. 1 A.A.H. Masseuse. The A.I.F. had just taken over the Hospital, and we had nothing to work with at all. Captain Brown was in charge of our department, here, and he very soon had a ward fitted up for electric treatment, and Radiant Heat. As there was only four of us working, we again had a busy time, doing about nine hours duty a day, each having about 24 or 25 patients. There was a great many fractured Femur cases; I had 17 on my own list out of 24 cases. Many of these had not had any massage treatment, although they were very old wounds, some of them ununited. Most of them responded very well. We also found that massage helped in the healing of old wounds. I have been out for four years, and we have had some very good times amongst the bad ones, and I have been fortunate enough to be in Hospitals where our work has been made as pleasant as possible. The numbers of our treatment at No. 1 A.A.H., were: – Electric Ward: 1916 6,979; 1917 9,598; 1918 12,219 – total 28,796 Massage Ward: 1916 24,246; 1917 27,735; 1918 22,911 – total 74,912 Grand total: 103,708 The Ballarat Star (Vic), Wed 26 Jul 1905 (p.6): PERSONAL ITEMS Miss Aileen Young, daughter of Dr Young, has passed her examination for the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, London, with a total of 84 points. This young lady’s performance is a very creditable one, seeing that while the maximum obtainable is 99, and the points necessary to pass are 66. She gained 84, or within 15 only of the maximum. The Herald (Melb, Vic), Mon 25 Apr 1932 (p.8): The Woman’s World Record Rally of Army Nurses In Today’s March …………………………………………………. A welcome figure to wounded soldiers in hospital was the masseuse, whose deft fingers were often able to ease the pain and impart fresh vitality. Miss Millie Gillespie, Miss J. Jennings and Miss A. Young, whose war service took this form, participated in today’s demonstration. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/242800179 The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 14 Sept 1936 (p.1): DEATHS YOUNG – On the 12th September, Aileen, daughter of late Dr and Mrs W.E. Young, of Ballarat, sister of Eric, half-sister of P. Moulton (Korumburra). (Cremated at Springvale September 13). The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 16 Dec 1936 (p.22): JUDICIAL AND LAW NOTICES RE AILEEN VERE MARY YOUNG. Deceased. Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1928, notice is hereby given that all persons having any claims against the estate of Aileen Vere Mary Young, late of St Albans, 32 Seymour grove, Brighton Beach, in the State of Victoria, masseuse, deceased, who died on the twelfth day of September 1926, and probate of whose will was granted by the Supreme Court of Victoria, in its Probate jurisdiction, on the fifth day of December, 1936, to Eric Maclean Young, of 32 Seymour grove, Brighton Beach, in the said State, judge’s associate, and ……………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11948227 Notes: The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 7 Sept 1907 (p.13): DEATHS YOUNG – On the 27th August, at “The Bungalow,” Mair-street, Ballarat, Dr W.E. Young, loved husband of Amy, and father of Aileen and Eric Young, aged 56. Father’s Obit: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/211069972