• A A M Evans

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    • EVANS, Alice Adelaide Mary – Sister, American Ambulance Hosp / AVH / QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 30 October 2016

    Born on the 24th of December 1875 at Wodonga, Vic – daughter of Joel EVANS and Annie ABECKETT Annie was living with her daughter Winifred (and son-in-law) in Olive St, Albury in 1915, then Howlong Rd, Albury 1916 Joel, a Farmer, was living in Wodonga – he died April 1924 Albury District Hospital, age 78 – still a resident of Wodonga Siblings: Anne b.1871; William Joseph b.1876; Winifred Rachel (May) b.1879 – marr James KING (WW1: Pte 1577, 3rd Bn); John b.1881; Alfred b.1883; Ellen b.1886 – d.1975 Maldon; Isabella b.1888; Frederick b.1890 – WW1: Pte 1925, 1st Bn – d.1924 Sydney; James b.1892 – Pte 592, 3rd Bn – DOW 23/8/1916 UK Educated at the Public School, Wodonga, Vic Trained in nursing at the Wagga District Hospital, NSW for 4 years from June 1905 to June 1909, at which time she qualified as a member of the ATNA and resigned to nurse in Sydney, where she carried out Private nursing for 3 years She then travelled from Sydney to London on the Runic 27/12/1912 to 8/2/1913, and then to America where she nursed in New York for almost 2 years In December 1914, together with fellow-Australian nurses Anne Cameron and Una Lane, she travelled back to England on the Lapland, arriving 24/12/1914 WW1: Joined the American Ambulance Hospital on arrival (January 1915), and crossed to France Joined the Australian Voluntary Hospital (AVH) from Paris 20/5/1915 Transferred to Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 1st July 1916 when the hospital was taken over by the War Office and renamed 32nd Stationary Hospital Sick leave in UK March 1917 Posted to 16th General Hospital (GH) 1/4/1917 – 3rd GH 14/6/1917 – 1st Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) 21/6/1917 12th Stationary Hospital (SH) 10/5/1918 – 49th CCS 26/9/1918 Confidential Report from the Sister-in-charge, 49th CCS: “Whilst under my charge her health has been very good. Conduct and character excellent. Professional ability up to standard. Has not specialized. Is most zealous, energetic, and self-reliant. Temper fairly good, has plenty of common sense. Management and training of orderlies good. Would make a very capable Theatre Sister.” Posted to 6th Stationary Hospital 9/12/1918 12th SH 17/2/1919 – 7th CCS 26/4/1919 To the UK sick 4/9/1919 Address: Archer House Convalescent Home, Ramsgate Letter from Alice to Miss Beardsmore-Smith, 5/3/1920: “On the eve of my departure for Australia I feel I must write you this little note, and I find it very difficult to find words in which to express my sincere thanks for the kindness and consideration which I have received during my illness. It is with deep feelings of regret that I am leaving the Army, and I consider it a privilege to have served with the Army, and to have been able to care for our splendid soldiers.” Returned to Australia on the Orvieto 6/3/1920 – 19/4/1920 Wagga Wagga Express (NSW), Sat 27 May 1905 (p.3): WAGGA HOSPITAL COMMITTEE – APPOINTMENT OF PROBATIONER …………… As for the other vacancy they had an applicant in hand in the person of Miss Evans, who was strongly recommended by Acting-Matron, Nurse Pownall, of Sydney Hospital, and also by the medical staff of the Sydney Hospital. ………………………. …………………….. He moved that Miss Alice M Evans be appointed probationer. Wagga Wagga Express (NSW), Thur 1 Jun 1905 (p.2): WAGGA HOSPITAL Miss A.M. Evans, of Sydney, commenced duties as Probationer Nurse at the Wagga Hospital on Monday. Wagga Wagga Express (NSW), Thur 3 Jun 1909 (p.3): MATRON’S REPORT I beg to call your attention to the fact that Nurse A.M. Evans has completed her course of four years’ training in this hospital, and is now entitled to the certificate of same. She goes to Sydney on Saturday to sit for the final examination of the A.T.N.A. – Received. Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW), Thur 22 Jul 1909 (p.2): A POPULAR NURSE Nurse Evans – trained Wagga Hospital – resigned 1909: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/145114444 Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), Fri 30 Jul 1909 (p.2): DISTRICT NEWS Wagga Wagga, Tuesday, July 27 Nurse Evans, of the Wagga Hospital nursing staff, was made the recipient of a handsome present by the nurses, medical officers, and patients on Thursday afternoon. Nurse Evans has just passed the examination for trained nurse, and has received a very good appointment in Sydney. Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), Mon 4 Sept 1916 (p.2): AUSTRALIAN NURSE’S EXPERIENCES Mrs and Mr Wilkins, president of the Wagga District Hospital, have received letters from Nurse Evans, some years ago employed at the institution. Nurse Evans, who writes from France, recounts the difficulties she experienced in getting to France after reaching England from New York. She narrates her arrival in Paris at midnight – cold, but happy. “The Australian voluntary hospital,” she adds, “is magnificently equipped, and run on American lines by American doctors. There are 1000 beds and 100 motor ambulances. It is almost full of patients – French, Russians, Arabs, Cingalese, Serbians and British Tommies.” The hospital, Nurse Evans states, was brought out to France just after war was declared, and has been kept going by Australian people up to the present. But it had to be closed owing to lack of funds. “The patients,” the writer says, “are always sad at leaving us, though we could only keep them till they were fit to be moved on. You, out in dear, peaceful Australia, can never imagine what our brave soldiers are going through now in cold, wet and snow all through the long winter campaign. But they are patient, brave and cheerful through it all.” Nurse Evans concludes an earnest womanly letter by remarking that after nearly two years’ absence she feels very homesick and tired, but hopes to soon have a holiday, though she will not return while things are so unsettled. Notes: *Born in 1875, not 1886 as she stated in her QA application *Alice Evans 31 / Anne Cameron, 31 / Una Lane 30 – all graduate nurses from USA – travelled from New York together on the Lapland, arriving 24/12/1914 – giving their intended address as C/- St John’s Ambulance Corps, London