• Elizabeth Bole

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    • BOLE, Elizabeth Amelia – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 1 February 2018

    Born on the 7th of December 1871 at Kanyaka North, SA – daughter of James BOLE and Margaret MENZIES, who married in Adelaide on the 3/2/1865 Margaret died in 1891 and James in 1903 Siblings: Margaret b.1866 – marr Tom KITTO 1891; Susanna b.1867; Isabella Menzies b.1869 – d.1950, age 80; Annie b.c1870 – d.1942, age 72; Alice b.1874 – d.1931, age 57; Jane Helen (Jean) b.1877 – marr Charles Masters 22/8/1906 Highgate Hill; James William b.1880; Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at the Perth Public Hospital for 3 years Member of the Australian Trained Nurses’ Association (ATNA) Served in the Boer War, embarking at Albany 21/3/1900 on the Salamis for Cape Town, and stationed at the 4th General Hospital, Mooi River, Natal Employed at the Station Hospital, Portland when her service was terminated in October 1902 Returned to Australia on the SS India, departing London on the 26/11/1903 “Karoonga” Private Hospital, St George’s Terrace, Perth – February 1905 Living with her sisters at 182 Claisebrook Rd, Perth in 1910 Appointed Matron of the Australian Army Nursing Service for the 5th Military District in April 1912 – and resigned her appointment in November 1914 WW1: Embarked at Fremantle 31/8/1914 on the Malwa – arrived Colombo 9/9/14 – London 6/10/1914 and joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 15/10/1914 Served in the Military Hospital at Wrexham, Wales Admitted to the QA Military Hospital 15/6/1915 with a small haemorrhage in the anterior chamber of the right eye – transferred to the Helena Hospital at Shorncliffe on the 6/8/1915 – certified sufficiently recovered to return to duty on the 28/8/1915 Medical Board held at Millbank 3/9/1915 granted her sick leave until 2/10/1915 – fit for duty 12/10/1915 Debility 1916 – following Influenza and Bronchitis – Medical Board, Millbank 13/3/1916 granted sick leave until 2/4/1916, found permanently unfit 3/4/1916 Appointment terminated 4/4/1916 due to ill health Her address after this date was to be C/- Mrs Menzies, 10 Douglas Avenue, Carmyle, Glasgow In August 1919 whilst awaiting repatriation home, her address was listed as the Scottish National Red Cross Central Hospital, Bellahouston, Glasgow She returned to Australia on the Wahehe, embarking the 30/10/1919 Resident 182 Claisebrook Rd, East Perth 1920 Sister at the Woodbridge Preparatory Boys’ School until her death Died on the 24th of February 1925 at East Perth, aged 52 Buried at Karrakatta Cemetery 26/2/25 – (C of E Sect, grave 8A) with her sisters Alice and Annie Western Mail (Perth, WA), Sat 13 Jan 1900 (p.24): THE CONTINGENT OF NURSES Upwards of a score of ladies offered their services, and of thes the applications of seventeen were entertained, and from these the selection will be made. The following is the list of the seventeen, together with their ages, the hospitals, if any to which they belong, and the places whence the certificates they forwarded, were obtained,………….. Nurse E. Bole, 26, Perth Public Hospital; three year certificate Perth Public Hospital. Western Mail (Perth, WA), Sat 27 Jan 1900 (p.22): TRANSVAAL NURSES’ FUND – THE NURSES SELECTED A meeting of the committee controlling the movement having for its object the despatch of a contingent of nurses to South Africa was held on Tuesday. It was decided that the nurses should leave, if possible, by the steamer Moravian, from Albany, and the following were finally selected to form the contingent: – Nurses Bole, ………………………. Western Mail (Perth, WA), Sat 24 Mar 1900 (p.29): DEPARTURE OF NURSES AN ETHUSIASTIC SEND OFF The band of nurses which this colony is sending to South Africa to succour the sick and wounded in the war against the Transvaal commenced their journey on Saturday last. They left by the afternoon train for Albany in order to catch the steamer Salamis at that port. There was a very large crowd gathered on the railway station to see the ladies off, ……………………………. The names of the nurses are as follows: – Nurses ………………………., and Bole. ………….. ALBANY, March 21 The Western Australian nurses for South Africa leave by the Salamis tonight. ………………… https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/33175926 Western Mail (Perth, WA), Sat 20 Oct 1900 (p.33): A NURSE’S LETTER Dr Haynes, of this city, has received the following letter, which was dated Mooi River, Natal, August 5, from one of the Western Australian nurses in South Africa: – ……………………………………. It is very different nursing the army to nursing in a civil hospital. This one contains 1,200 beds, and is very comfortable and well-equipped. I am the only West Australian nurse here. ………………… https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/33194756 South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Tue 15 Jan 1901 (p.5): SOLDIERS’ LETTERS The following are extracts from a letter from Trooper Edward Jennings, of the South African Light Horse, dated Sannah’s Post, December 9, 1900. …………………………….. “I met Nurse Bole, of Adelaide, at Mooi River.” The West Australian, Mon 27 Feb 1905 (p.1): LOST AND FOUND LOST on Thursday afternoon, between Barrack-st, Perth, and Victoria-terrace, Claremont, South African War Medal, inscribed round edge, Nursing Sister, E.O. Bole. [sic] Finder rewarded on returning same to “Karoonga” Private Hospital, St George’s-terrace, Perth. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, Thur 4 Apr 1912 (p.467): MILITARY FORCES OF THE COMMONWEALTH 5TH MILITARY DISTRICT Australian Army Nursing Service – Nursing Sister E.A. BOLE, to be Matron. Dated 1st April 1912. The West Australian, Wed 24 Apr 1912: MILITARY NEWS AND NOTES Nursing Sister E.A. Bole, of the Australian Army Nursing Service, has been appointed matron. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 17 Dec 1914 (p.3): Mainly About People Miss Bole (W.A.), who saw service in South Africa, has been engaged by the War Office for nursing duty, and is now at the military hospital at Wrexham, with headquarters at Queen Alexandra’s Hospital, Millbank: – “British Australasian.” Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, Sat 19 Dec 1914 (p.2721): MILITARY FORCES OF THE COMMONWEALTH 5TH MILITARY DISTRICT Australian Army Nursing Services The resignation of Miss E.A. BOLE of her appointment as Matron is accepted. Dated 23rd November 1914. The British Journal of Nursing, July 3, 1915 (p.14): Other Australian nurses who have been employed in the following military hospitals are……… Miss Elizabeth A. Bole, Q.A.I.M.N.S. Reserve, at the Military Hospital, Wrexham, N. Wales, …. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 30 Dec 1924 (p.6): Mainly About People The friends of Sister E. Bole, late of Woodbridge House School, will regret to learn of her serious illness. For some time Miss Bole has been ill at her home in East Perth. The latest report to hand is that she is slowly improving. The West Australian, Wed 25 Feb 1925: DEATHS BOLE – On February 24, 1925, at 182 Claisebrook-road, Elizabeth A. (Sister) Bole, daughter of the late James and Margaret Bole, and dearly loved sister of Mrs C. Masters and the Misses Bole. Sunday Times (Perth), Sun 1 Mar 1925: When the sad tidings of the passing away of Sister Bole of the Woodbridge Preparatory Boys’ School, was known there the boys were greatly affected, for this lady been long employed at that institution, and the lads all loved her. Sister Bole did great work at the war. She was one of the best. The West Australian, Fri 6 Mar 1925: WOMAN’S INTERESTS The death of Sister Bole on February 24 removed from our midst one who was well known and loved by many soldiers of the South African War and the Great War. When the South African War broke out, she was amongst the first to offer her services, and with other women from the State constituted the first band of nurses from Western Australia to serve abroad. She was mentioned in despatches and was placed on the reserve of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Sisters. Among other appointments she held was that of matron of the nursing staff for the Fifth Military District. She was the first nurse to leave Australia for service in the Great War. After five years in various appointments and having again been mentioned in despatches, she returned to Western Australia too much broken in health to accept an important post offered her by the British Red Cross Society. She settled down at the Church of England and Woodbridge Grammar Schools. The end came suddenly. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 17 Mar 1925 (p.7): THE LATE SISTER E.A. BOLE The funeral of the late Sister Elizabeth Amelia Bole, late of 182 Claisebrook-road, East Perth, took place on February 26. Deceased, who was born in South Australia, had resided in this State for the past 28 years. She had been on active service in both the South African and the late war, and for her devotion to duty was mentioned in despatches. She was a member of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, England. The cortege moved from her late residence and proceeded to the Church of England portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery, where the remains were interred in the presence of a very large gathering. The chief mourners were: Mrs C. Masters, Miss E. Bole, Miss Annie and Miss Alice Bole (sisters), Mr C. Masters (brother-in-law), Miss M. Kitto, Miss H. and I Masters (nieces), T. Kitto and F. Masters (nephews). The pall-bearers were: Messrs P.C. Anderson (representing Scotch College), Regimental Sergt-Major J. Wood, Lieut S.J. Chipper, W.J. Ashton, C.C. Priestley, and J. Stone. Amongst those present were: A Hodder (representing Board of Directors’ Proprietary Schools of W.A.), H. Randell, R.D. McNeil, Sisters Armstrong and Broomhall, Mrs Randall, Mrs Cormack, also representatives of the South African and Imperial Veterans’ Association, and numerous scholars of the Woodbridge School. The Rev Arthur Haining conducted the burial service, at the conclusion of which “The Last Post” was sounded by Bugler C. Yeatman. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs Donald J. Chipper and Son. Notes: [Group photo – State Library of WA (back row, 2nd from right)]