• Loretta Johanna Fogarty

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    • FOGARTY, Loretto Johanna (aka Loretto Josephine) – Sister, QAIMNSR (ARRC)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 1 September 2018

    Born on the 5th of March 1886 at Nelson Place, Williamstown, Vic – the daughter of Patrick Alexander FOGARTY (Merchant) and Mary Ann Josephine GLEESON, who married on the 26/2/1884 at St Mary’s RC Church, Williamstown Mary died August 1901 at Hopetoun, Vic, aged 44 NOK: Aunt – Sister Mary Albeus Fogarty, South Charitable Infirmary and County Hospital, Cork, Ireland Siblings: Vincent Patrick b.&d.1885 Williamstown; Eileen Marie d.1890 (17m) Brunswick Religion: Roman Catholic Trained in Nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from January 1908 to February 1911, leaving there on the 26th of that month Passed the examination to join the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association in December 1911 Received her Obstetrics Certificate from the Women’s Hospital, Carlton Employed in Private Nursing and at Private hospitals, including the Kelvin Hospital, Willaura, Vic Resident in 1914 of Weinberg Rd, Hawthorn WW1: Embarked in Melbourne 27/2/1915 on the Ballarat and arrived England 18/4/1915 (giving her age as 27) Applied to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 22/4/1915, giving her name as Loretto Josephine, and her date of birth as 5/3/1887 Received her appointment 22/5/1915 Posted to Dublin, Ireland, and then to the Military Hospital, Fermoy, Ireland Transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England 19/1/1917 Letter from Loretta to the Matron of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 18/4/1917: Madam I have the honour to beg that I may be acquainted with the circumstances which lead to my reduction in Rank. I understand that an adverse report had been received previous to my joining at Netley for duty. I am not seeking reinstatement; but this matter is of vital importance to me, and feel that I cannot continue my work in the Service, or yet leave it, without knowing exactly how I have been represented. Therefore, I must respectfully ask that I may be granted an explanation. I have been lead to believe that my conduct and work at Netley has been satisfactory. I have the honour to be Madam, Your Obedient Servant, Loretto Fogarty. The General Officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command 7th May 1917 Sir, With reference to your communication of the 23rd ultimo, I am directed to inform you that Miss L.J. Fogarty, Sister, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve was reported by the Matron at Dublin to have “lost all interest in her work, since her return from leave; to have neglected to look after the cleanliness and good order of her wards, loans, accidentals and equipment. She resented her attention being called to these facts, and her attitude became hostile, her manner insubordinate, her influence and example in quarters and hospital very bad and subversive to discipline.” In forwarding this report the Officer in charge recommended Miss Fogarty’s transfer to another station, and expressed the opinion that Miss Fogarty’s conduct was not conducive to discipline or harmony. Miss Fogarty was, in accordance with this recommendation transferred to Netley on 16th January, 1917. In this Office letter of that date 2/Reserve F/159 the rank of this lady was given in error as Staff Nurse, there was no intention of reducing Miss Fogarty in rank, this error would have been remedied at once had it been pointed out. I am to request that the Matron of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, may be asked to furnish a report now on Miss L. Fogarty’s suitability in all respects for retention in the Service. Confidential Report, Matron, Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 18/5/1917: Miss L.J. Fogarty has worked under my personal observation since 21st January 1917. She has had charge of two surgical wards (32 beds) under the supervisiong of a senior sister. On first taking up her duties it was evident that she lacked experience in ward management, and had not a sufficient knowledge of the routine procedure in checking and replacing unserviceable articles of equipment etc, to enable her to carry out the duties of a Sister in charge of a division. She has shown herself anxious to become efficient, and has kept her wards in good order, her professional work has been quite satisfactory, and her conduct exemplary. Judging Miss Fogarty by her work and behaviour while serving at this Station, she is suitable for retention in the Service, but I consider that she requires still further experience to fit her for the duties of a Senior Sister. Embarked for Salonika 8/3/1918 – embarked at Taranto 17/3/1918 Attached for duty 22/3/1918 to the 49th General Hospital, Salonika Transferred to the 80th General Hospital 21/5/1918, and then to the 43rd General Hospital 28/11/1918 Awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (ARRC) 1/1/1919 Admitted to hospital 2/8/1919 until 8/8/1919 Embarked for Constantinople 10/10/1919 on Leave until 28/10/1919 Arrived at the Sisters Convalescent Home in Bebek, Constantinople 7/12/1919 Embarked for the UK via Marseilles per HMAT Glengorm Castle 17/2/1919 Appointment terminated 6/1/1920 Posted for temporary duty to the Military Hospital, Cork, 23/2/1920, whilst awaiting repatriation Returned to Australia on the Ormonde, embarking Tilbury 20/3/1920 (for Melb) Loretto travelled to Canada in September 1921 On the 21/4/1932, New York, Loretto Johanna Fogarty is listed in the US Naturalization Records Index Loretto Johanna Fogarty arrives back in New York in October 1932 Loretto J Fogarty, age 46 [b.c1887] travelled on the Majestic from New York to England, arriving Southampton 26/7/1933 1949 – Loretto embarks in London on the Strathaird 3/3/1949 – for return to Melbourne (Nurse, aged 63) – address in UK was The Limes, Trained Nurses Association, London Rd, Guildford – arrived at Fremantle, WA 29/3/1949 – giving her address in Melbourne to be 22 Havelock Rd, Hawthorn Electoral Rolls: 1949 ER: 22 Havelock Rd, Camberwell – nurse [Loretto Johanna] 1954 ER: 3 Homebush Cres, Auburn – nurse 1956 – Loretto embarks at Melbourne, and travels to Dublin, Ireland (nurse, b.8/3/1886) on the Iberia, arriving Tilbury, London 26/2/1956 – with the intention of staying for a year – uncertain of her future permanent residence 1956 – Loretto embarks at Southampton 31/5/1956 on the SS Southern Cross for Melbourne (Nurse, b.5/3/1886) – having been in Dublin, Ireland 1959 – Loretto embarked on the SS Southern Cross 10/9/1959 at Southampton, for return to Melbourne (Retired, b.8/3/1886) – her address in Melbourne to be 530 Toorak Rd, Toorak 1968 – 77 3 Albion St, Balaclava [Loretto Josephine] Applied for Repat 1960 Died on the 29th of May 1977 at Surrey Hills Vic, aged 91 – late of RSL House, St Kilda Interred in the Templestowe Cemetery 2/6/1977 (Mundy Lawn) The Herald (Melb, Vic), Tue 9 Mar 1886 (p.2): BIRTHS FOGARTY – On the 5th March, at her residence, Nelson Place, Williamstown, the wife of P.A. Fogarty of a daughter. Warrnambool and Belfast papers please copy. Willaura Farmer (Vic), Thur 15 Jul 1915 (p.2): NURSING THE WOUNDED Australian nurses are playing a noble part in the war stricken quarters of the Empire just now, and it is interesting to note that Sister Fogarty, formerly of Kelvin hospital, Willaura, is amongst those now nursing wounded soldiers. In February last Sister Fogarty came to the conclusion that she could be of service in the Old Country, and she promptly booked her passage, paying her own fare. Writing to a local lady last week, Sister Fogarty states that she is nursing wounded soldiers at Queen Alexandra’s hospital, in Dublin. She will remain there for a time, and will then go with others to relieve nurses at the front in France or at one of the hospitals in Egypt. The Age (Melb, Vic), 31 May 1977 (p.30): DEATHS FOGARTY, Loretto Johanna – On May 29 (late of RSL House, Albion St, St Kilda). FUNERAL NOTICES FOGARTY – Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Miss LORETTO JOHANNA FOGARTY will be offered at St Colmans Roman Catholic Church, Balaclava Rd, Balaclava on THURSDAY (June 2) at 9.15 am. The Funeral will leave the church at the conclusion of the Mass for the Templestowe Cemetery.