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    • JORDAN, Effie Elizabeth - nee CAMPBELL - Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 1 November 2014

    Effie Elizabeth CAMPBELL was born 1/3/1878 in Maffra, Vic – daughter of William CAMPBELL and Sarah GERRAND – both parents died in 1879 Siblings: Jane (Jeannie, Jessie) Ferguson 1868 – 1885; William Whitehill 1870 – 1898; Donald Gerrand 1873 – 1918 Mitcham (Marr with 2 sons) [Listed as her NOK, address: ‘Lota’, Seymour Rd, Elsternwick, Vic]; Andrew 1875 – 1918 Sth Africa (Marr); John 1875 – 1956 1914 Electoral Roll: Alfred Hospital, Prahran – nurse WW1: Whilst still in Australia, she joined the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve as a Staff Nurse, and embarked on the Mooltan 18/5/1915 - arriving Egypt 15/6/1915 [Brit MIC – also MC for Effie Elizabeth Jordan, nee Campbell / SR for Effie Jordan (30 pages)] Served Egypt, (Gallipoli), India, Mesopotamia Cumballa War Hospital, Bombay Embarked Bombay 22/8/1917 – disembarked Basra 30/8/17 and posted to No.3 BGH 31/8/17 Joined 83 C.S.H., Nasiriyeh 10/12/1917 Report by Matron E. Green, 83 C.S.H. (SR, p.17): Staff Nurse Mrs E.E. Jordan (nee Campbell) served under me for two months. I consider her a thoroughly well trained nurse, very reliable and efficient in every way. She takes a keen interest in her work and shows ability in the training and management of orderlies. She is tactful, good tempered and has a good influence on her fellow workers. Left Unit on Leave 29/6/18 – embarked on the Aronda 1/7/18 for leave in India Report from Matron-in-Chief, Beatrice Jones: (p.29 SR) Reference your telegram No M/2740 dated 15th August 1918. I do not recommend the marginally named Lady [her name and details in margin] for retention in the Service; she married without permission, and I do not consider that her work is up to the standard of Nursing or efficiency which justifies the expense caused the Government. I have found from experience, that as soon as Nurses marry they become disinterested in their work and show a great lack of discipline; they have no consideration for the Service whatsoever and yet at the same time demand that every consideration should be shown to them and have privileges given to them over and above the rest of the Nursing Staff, which naturally leads to a great deal of discontent and dissatisfaction. Married Francis Victor (Frank) JORDAN (Captain in the Royal Engineers) – in Bombay, India 8/7/1918 Struck off strength 1/10/18 on failing to return from Leave From another Report similar to above, dated 18/10/1918 (p.30) “This Lady signed A.F.W-3538 on the 10th May 1918. Before forwarding them I asked her if she intended marrying, and she said she would not marry before the termination of war. She proceeded on leave on the 1st July 1918, and married almost immediately.” Resignation initially shown as 25/12/1918 in India, on account of marriage This was held over until 14/1/1919 – and she embarked the following day at Bombay on the Themistocles for return to Australia. [NAA file: JORDON, EE (Mrs) – RTA 15/1/1919 Themistocles – embarked Bombay] The Themistocles arrived in Sydney 5/2/1919 Living with her sister-in-law at ‘Lota’, Seymour Rd, Elsternwick, Vic in 1920 1932: Frank V Jordan (Electrical Engineer, age 46) and Effie E. Jordan (Housewife, age 44) embarked Port Said on the Empress of Australia, and arrived Southampton 8/4/1932 (permanent address: “Holme”, Sandy, Bedfordshire) [Effie would in fact have been 54] 1939: Frank Victor Jordan (Electrical Engineer, age 51) and Effie Elizabeth Jordan (Housewife, 51) left Basrah, Iraq on the Kohistan, arriving Avonmouth 19/3/1939, with the intention of living in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England [Effie 61] 1953: Francis Jordan (age 70) and Effie E Jordan (age 66) sailed from Melbourne, returning to England on the Hector, arriving Liverpool 1/5/1953 (address: Haingdon-on-Thames) [Effie 75] Died Jul-Sept Qtr 1968 Battle, Sussex, England [Francis Victor (Frank) Jordan b.c1883 Biggleswade, Bedfordshire – son of William JORDAN and Marion HOWITT] [1911 Census: Francis Victor Jordan (Electrical Engineer with the Corporation Electricity Dept, age 29) – born Hatfield, Hertfordshire, is living with his wife Helena in Warrington, Lancashire] [Francis Victor Jordan b. Apr-Jun Qtr 1882 Hatfield, Hertfordshire] [Brit MIC: F.V. Jordan – Captain in the Royal Engineers – first served Mesopotamia from 30/10/16 (Iraq) Addresses: 1. Bungalow 138, Fer….epine, Ca….. Pujab, India / 2. Holme Mills, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire] Gippsland Times, Mon 24 May 1915: PERSONAL Miss Effie Campbell goes on to England for instructions as to further movements there. Gippsland Times, Mon 2 Dec 1918: PERSONAL There are a large number of residents in this district who will remember Mr Andrew Campbell, of Maffra, who, we regret to report, died in South Africa last month. Some years ago Mr Campbell was a prominent athlete in this district, and was a popular member of the Maffra Football Club. A little over a year ago he paid a visit to Australia, and, returning to South Africa, married an Australian girl over there. His brother, Donald, died about two months ago. Another brother, Jack, is in Africa, and a sister, Nurse Effie Campbell, is on active service abroad. All were well known in the Maffra district. [From an on-line document by H. Orchard, dated 1962] FRANCIS VICTOR JORDAN Francis Victor Jordan who died on the 12th August 1961 was born on the 15th March 1884. He was educated at Ivel Bury and at Wellingborough Schools, and part-time at Swindon Technical School. For four years he was a pupil with W.H. Allen Sons and Co., and after 10 years in various municipal electricity departments he left England to take up an Indian appointment in the Kolar Gold Fields. In 1916 he was commissioned in the Royal Engineers, attaining the rank of major, with a mention in despatches for his work in Mesopotamia. With the war over, he joined Metropolitan-Vickers Ltd., India, as an erecting engineer until 1928, when he joined Callender’s Cable and Construction Co., India. First he was on the erection of the overhead transmission grid for the Sutlej Barrage Scheme, passing thence to Bahrain, where the electricity undertaking was still young. Then he was in Western Persia, and later went up to Mosul, where he was in charge for Callender’s until he became chief engineer and manager to the Mosul Electricity and Water Board. His appreciation of Iraq, and of Mosul in particular, was clear to all his friends, and when, in 1936, he became chief engineer, Department of Municipalities, for the whole of Iraq, his satisfaction was a little marred by the thought of losing some touch with his dear Mosul. He retired from Iraq service in 1937, but soon found he was wanted at home and served with the Air Ministry maintenance department until 1945. He was happily married to an Australian lady, who shared all his adventures and wanderings in parts of the world still remote, and by whom he is survived. He belongs to that dwindling band of electrical engineers who did so much, in small beginnings, to bring the first rays of comfort and amenity into thousands of hot, ill-ventilated, badly-lit Eastern homes. He joined The Institution as an Associate Member in 1927 and was elected a Member in 1938. W.G.H.