• Ada Barker Gabriel

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
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    • GABRIEL, Ada Baker (aka ‘Gabe’) – Sister – MID, ARRC – AVH / Gen Hosp / QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 3 March 2015

    Born in 1877 in Collingwood, Vic – daughter of Joseph GABRIEL and Elizabeth Lovatt BAKER – who married in Clifton Hill, Vic 24/2/1875 Joseph a Chemist, born 1847 Glamorgan, Wales, died 24/11/1922 at his residence in Kew, age 75 Elizabeth died 15/9/1938, on her 92nd birthday – they are buried together in the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew Siblings (all born Collingwood): Charlotte Mary b.1876 (Music Teacher); Charles John b.1879 (Chemist); Joseph Ernest b.1881 (Dentist); Edith Hilda b.1883 1903, 1909: Living with her family in Abbotsford, Vic The family had moved to Kew, Vic by 1914 Trained Melbourne Hospital – passed her Final Nursing examinations in June 1909 Travelled to England on the Otway, arriving 12/4/1913 [also embarked Melb, Miss N Reay] WW1: In England when war broke out…. Australian Voluntary Hospital (AVH): Sailed for France 29/8/1914 on Lord Dunraven’s yacht, Greta She was one of the earlier casualties at the hospital when she sprained her ankle after slipping on something in the kitchen MID, (London Gazette 1/1/1916) Applied (and accepted) to join the QAIMNSR in July 1916 when the AVH was taken over by the War Office and re-named No. 32 Stationary Hospital QAIMNSR: No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station, France 1917 2 weeks UK Leave 1917 No.3 General Hospital 1918 Awarded the Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) 1919 RTA on the Orvieto 1/11/1919 as a War Worker, non AIF (along with Annie ‘Nan’ Reay) – arriving Melbourne 12/12/1919 Married Amadee Bertram Wood AUMONT (Chemist) in 1925 in Vic Died 13th December 1953 Melbourne, age 76 Bertram died in1956, age 79 (son of Louis Phillip & Christina, nee Wood) Weekly Times (Vic), Sat 3 Oct 1914: NURSES AT THE FRONT Among the nurses with the Australian field hospital organized by Lady Dudley are three sisters of the Melbourne Hospital, Miss Nan Reay, Miss Ada Gabriel, and Miss Greaves. The Australian nurses are to wear a distinctive dress – a grey out-door uniform with a grey bonnet edged with brown velvet, and having brown ribands tied under the chin; and a grey linen in-door uniform, with a little scarlet cape, a badge with “Australia” engraved on it. Weekly Times (Vic), Sat 8 Jan 1916: NURSES WIN HONOR – FIRING LINE FACED ……………………………………….. Miss Ada Gabriell and Miss Nan Reay (daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel W.T. Reay), also in the honor list, were both trained at the Melbourne Hospital. They were firm friends, and went to England together about five years ago. Since then they have followed their profession there, and some of the most notable hostesses in England have requisitioned their services. They were attached to the Australian Voluntary Hospital at Boulogne. The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Nov 1917: MELBOURNE NOTES Sister Ada Gabriel, formerly of the Melbourne Hospital, who was one of the first Australian nurses with the British Expeditionary Force in France, was, according to the latest news, spending 14 days’ leave in England. For some months past, she has worked at a casualty clearing station, and has had many tragic experiences. The most appalling was that through which she recently passed, when enemy airmen bombed the hospital. Several patients were killed and others more or less seriously injured. By good fortune the nursing staff (which was accommodated in a tent close by) all escaped. Weekly Times (Vic), Sat 23 Mar 1918: SISTERS ON SERVICE Sister Ada Gabriel, daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Gabriel, of Kew, who was stationed at No.11 Casualty Clearing Station recently while it was under shell fire, is now on the staff of No.3 General Hospital. Supplement to Edinburgh Gazette 1/2/1919: ARRC – Miss Ada Baker Gabriel, A/Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. The British Journal of Nursing, 31/5/1919 (p.366) HONOURS FOR NURSES The King held an Investiture in the Quadrangle at Buckingham Palace, on May 22nd, and conferred, amongst others, the following decorations:- …………………… The Royal Red Cross (Second Class) Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve – Sisters’ …..Ada Gabriel, … Gippsland Times (Vic), Mon 9 Jun 1919: PERSONAL A cable message from London, dated May 22, states that His Majesty the King, at Buckingham Palace, invested sister Ada Gabriel, sister of Dr J.E. Gabriel, with the Royal Red Cross. Sister Ada Gabriel was one of the first Australian nurses to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. She gained her first army nursing experience at Boulogne. Later she was sent nearer the firing line, and had some very thrilling experiences. The most appalling was when a German airman bombed the hospital to which she was attached, and 30 of the patients were killed in their beds, while many others were injured. By a remarkable piece of good fortune the nursing staff, which was accommodated in a tent close by, escaped. This bombardment took place in 1917. Standard (Frankston, Vic), Thur 18 May 1944: PERSONAL The many friends of Mrs Aumont will be glad to hear of her return to Red Hill, in better health than when she went away. It is hoped that this good progress will be maintained. The Argus, Sat 19 Dec 1953: DEATHS AUMONT, Ada – On December 13, the loved wife of Bertram, of Auriel, Red Hill, loving stepmother of Margaret (Mrs Campbell) and grandma of Jill; dear sister of Charlotte, Charles, Joseph and Hilda The Argus, Sat 22 Mar 1913: MARRIAGES AUMONT – LE FEUVRE – On the 10th February, at St Luke’s Church of England, North Fitzroy, by the Rev Mr Britten, Amadee Bertram Wood, son of the late L.P. Aumont, of Collingwood, to Matilda Jane, third daughter of the late J. L Feuvre, of Portarlington.