• C Inglis

  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
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    • INGLIS, Catherine J (Kitty, Kate, Mrs) – Acting Sister, QAIMNSR (MID)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 6 February 2018

    Born on the 1st of January 1875 at Richmond River, NSW – the daughter of Robert RATHBORNE and Elizabeth Mary FRAWLEY, who married in Sydney in 1863 Robert died from Pneumonia in November 1899, aged 66 Elizabeth’s addresses from SR: Manly, NSW 1915 / “Koorindah”, Mosman, NSW 1917 / Lorna Villa, Narrandera, NSW 1919 Elizabeth died of Pneumonic Influenza 2/5/1919 at her Granddaughter’s residence, Lindstol, Quinton Rd, Manly, aged 72 [while Catherine was still overseas] Siblings: (born Richmond River) Maria V (Dot) b.1867 – marr P.L DALY 1884; Thomas Arthur b.1869 – d.1946; Caroline b.1871 – marr ROBINSON – marr J.H WEBB 1914; Robert Richard b.1873; John W b.1877 – d.1944; Teresa Ann (Tess) b.1879 – marr James J. QUIRK 1898; (born Casino) Joseph Valentine b.&d.1882 (3mths); Elizabeth Florence b.1883; No marriage details found for Catherine – though it’s possible she could be connected by marriage to Florence Lilian INGLIS (QAIMNSR) who was Matron of the Narrandera Hospital 1908-1911, where Catherine’s sister Teresa, (and her husband James QUIRK) were committee members at the time. Nursing at the Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Vic in 1912-1915 [as Catherine Inglis] WW1: Having been accepted to serve as a Staff Nurse with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), she embarked at Melbourne 14/4/1915 on the Orontes – and disembarked Plymouth 3/6/1915 Posted to the 7th General Hospital To 1st Stationary Hospital 30/12/1915 14 days leave – England May 1916 To Abbeville 24/7/1916 39th Casualty Clearing Station 11/8/1916 – 14/12/1916 To the Nurse’s Home, Abbeville 14/12/1916 To 14th Stationary Hospital 2/1/1917 Matron’s Report, 14th Stat Hosp, 29/5/1917: Health, conduct and character: Good Special duties performed: “Has done duty as night Sister in the Isolation Compound for two months, and she’s had charge of Infectious Wards.” “Mrs Inglis is energetic and thorough in all she does. I consider her quite capable and suitable to do duty as permanent ward Sister.” Leave 25/9/1917 To 10 Stat Hosp 16/12/1917 To Barge A370 17/12/1917 To 10 Staty Hosp 19/2/1918 To 7 Gen Hosp 26/2/1918 To 2nd and 5th Ambulance Flotilla 29/3/1918 To 24th General Hospital 10/10/1918 Confidential Report, 24th Gen Hosp 24/2/1919 (p.14): “Mrs Inglis has worked with me since Oct 1st 1918. She is a good surgical nurse and ward sister. She is very hard working and can never do enough for her patients. She is good tempered tactful and punctual. Very conscientious. She trains her orderlies and staff. Is very nice herself and her influence is good. She has not acted with me in any higher rank than that of Sister of a ward – but is suitable for promotion in due course.” Leave 30/4 to 14/5/1919 To England for demobalization 6/6/1919 – and posted to Special Military Surgical Hospital, Northfield, Birmingham for temporary duty pending repatriation Returned to Australia 15/11/1919 on the Ormonde for NSW Service terminated 20/12/1919 Nursing at the Lady Davidson Home for returned soldiers at Turramurra, NSW in 1930 Died at a private hospital on the 14th of October 1964 in Hawthorn, Vic, aged 89 [Possibly buried Burwood Cemetery] Weekly Time (Melb, Vic), Sat 29 Nov 1919 (p.51): GRIT OF VICTORIAN NURSES When the nursing call from the War Office reached Australia in 1915 a very careful selection was made of the Australian nurses who were to be absorbed into the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Staff Reserve. Out of the fourteen nurses sent from Victoria to form part of the first unit sent to the Imperial Army nearly all have either been mentioned in despatches or gained decorations. The list includes ………………., Mrs Catherine Inglis (mentioned in despatches), ………… https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/222564780 The Age (Vic), 19 Oct 1964: DEATHS INGLIS – On October 14, at a private hospital, Sister Catherine Inglis, of Hawthorn, beloved sister of Teresa (Mrs Quirk, of Templestowe, Melbourne) and Florence (Mrs Mellor, of Ryde, Sydney), late Australian Army Nursing Service, 1st A.I.F. Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 19 Oct 1964 (p.24): DEATHS INGLIS, Sister Catherine – October 14, 1964 at hospital, beloved sister of Tess Quirk, Florence Mellor, Dot Daly (deceased) and Caroline Webb (deceased), and fond aunt of their children, including Valerie and Lucian.