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    • Dora Deacon ARRC
    • Posted by ResearchBuff, Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Born in Stepney, London on 5/6/1885 to Frederick George Moss Deacon, a builder, and Kate Deacon nee Cheshire. Sibling: Lt. Frederick James Deacon, MC (2nd Field Company Engineers) engaged to contralto singer Ivy Turlton (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/81062351). 1918 mother notified had been gassed (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/81771558) MC (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/93792659) b Romney Essex Dec 1887, d1964 77yrs Dora undertook nursing training from January 1910 to 1913 at Shoreditch Infirmary, London where she was awarded a gold medal (5 July 1913, British Journal of Nursing; https://rcnarchive.rcn.org.uk/volumes/51/Volume%2051%20Page%208). She then joined her family in WA and in 1914 was nursing privately. This included a contract at Meekatharra Hospital for which she applied for travel expenses from Perth to Meekatharra (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203555245). In March 1914 she was appointed Head Nurse at Grosvenor Private Hospital, Freemantle. Resigning in May 1915, she set sail for England on 24/5/1915 from Freemantle per RMS Mooltan to enlist with the imperial nursing service (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/26943288). Dora started her service career at Sutton Veny, England 26/7/1915. In April 1917 she was posted to Salonika and commenced at 43GH Salonika on 26/5/17, before transferring to 49GH a month later. Whilst in Salonika Dora developed an infection that left her debilitated, and the hard work aggravated her ‘flat foot’. She was medically assessed and transferred by HS Gookha to Malta and then to England where she received massage treatment and ‘special boots’ for her feet. The QAIMNS Medical Board on 4/1/1918 passed her fit for home service and on 15/1/1918 she was posted to 2nd Birmingham Special Military Surgical Hospital. On demobilisation the Matron described her as ‘…punctual, capable, hard-working, and good tempered.’ Dora’s services in Salonika were recognised by investing her with the Red Cross Medal 2nd class at Buckingham Palace by King George V. (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/81386809). Some confusion existed with newspapers reporting that Dora had been awarded the military medal (which had in fact been awarded to Clare (Clara) Deacon). 'Once again the bravery, and devotion to duty, so characteristic of the West Australians lending a hand in the Big Scrap have brought distinction to Western Australia. Details of the act; which won Sister Dora Deacon the Military Medal are not yet to hand, but it must certainly have been: something quite out of the ordinary to win such a coveted distinction. The Military Medal is only given to an army service nurse when she has shown bravery under actual fire, the usual method of recognising her services being to decorate her with the Royal Red Cross. The relatives of Sister Deacon, who re side at Claremont, have received many messages of congratulation on her bravery, on the -battlefield, .and a full account of the affair is eagerly awaited. In addition to. Sister Deacon three other nurses were also awarded the Military Medal for bravery under fire. They are Sister A. Ross King, Melbourne; Staff Nurse M. J. Derrier, Brisbane ; and Sister D. W. Cawood, N.S.W. Australia is proud of them.' (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/211727652) Embarking in England on 21/5/1919, Dora sailed for Australia on the HT Osterley after almost four years of service and arrived at Freemantle 28/6/1919. In 1920 Dora married John Froome in Perth and on 4/3/1922 their son Peter Frederick was born (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28162547). Dora died in Perth on 3/6/1928, two days before her 43rd birthday and is buried in Karrakatta cemetery.

    • DEACON, Dora – Sister (ARRC), QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 5 January 2022

    Dora was born on the 5th of June 1885 in Limehouse, London – the fifth daughter of Frederick George Moss DEACON and Kate Marie CHESHIRE, who married on the 2/9/1875 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Frederick, who was in the building trade, brought most of his large family to Australia in 1912 (however, this didn’t include Dora), and they settled in Claremont, WA. He died at the family home “The Bungalow”, Loch St, Claremont on the 16/3/1935, aged 84. Kate died on the 7/8/1947, and was buried with her husband in the Karrakatta Cemetery Dora’s Siblings: Kate Eleanor 1877-1951 (Mrs George, England);Edith Emily1879-1961 (Mrs Arthur, Perth); Mary Ann b.1881 (Mrs Alliston, England); Minnie Milinda Alice 1883-1977; *Frederick James b.25/11/1886 – Civil Engineer – WW1: Lieut, MC, 1st Div Engineers – d.1964, Civil servant; Ida Grace 1888-1971 (Mrs Byrne, Cottesloe); *Arthur Ernest b.1890 London, Carpenter – marr Beatrice 1914 SA – WW1: Pte 3369, 6th FCE, RTA 17/10/1916 shell shock & gastritis – (deserted wife and family 1920 / divorce granted to wife 1923); Ivy Constance 1892-1926 (Mrs Hobbs, deceased); Octavia Beatrice b.1894, Elsie Ruth b.1896 (Mrs Minchin, Carnarvon); Valentine Marjory b.1899, (Mrs Heydon, Claremont); Hilda Agnes b.1899 (Mrs Wright, Busselton); John Edgar (Jack) b.18/8/1901 Eng – WW2, RAAF Both in England and Australia, a few of Dora’s many sisters found employment as Draper’s Assistants, and in 1901 at the age of 15, Dora was was also working as a Draper’s Assistant while being boarded away from her family. She then trained in nursing at the Keycol Hill Infectious Diseases Hospital, Sittingbourne, for 2 years from 1906 to 1908, and then the Shoreditch Infirmary for 3 years from 1910 to 1913, and received her medical certificate as well as a gold medal in June 1913 – leaving on the 24/7/1913 Three weeks later she followed her family to Western Australia, sailing on the Demosthenes which departed London on the 14/8/1913 On arrival in WA she undertook private nursing, and then on the 1/3/1914 until resigning in May 1915 to join the war effort, she nursed at the Grosvenor Private Hospital in Fremantle WW1 Service: Paying her own way to England, Dora embarked at Fremantle 25/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan, and arrived in London on the 28/6/1915 She joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 26/7/1915 and was posted to the military hospital at Sutton Veny In 1916 she was serving in the Wiltshire Military Hospital when she was awarded the Royal Red Cross (2nd Class, ARRC), and on the 4/10/1916 she attended Buckingham Palace where the King presented her with her medal. She was transferred to Salonika with the 49th General Hospital in 1917 and embarked at Marseilles 16/5/1917, arriving Salonika 22/5/1917. While being temporarily accommodated on the hospital ship Valdivia until the 2/6/1917, she was also temporarily attached for duty at the 43rd General Hospital on the 26/5/1917 – resuming duty with the 49th GH on the 19/6/1917 She was admitted to hospital on the 20/7/1917 (NYD – not yet diagnosed) – transferred to the Red Cross Convalescent Home on the 8/8/1917 and then the hospital ship Goorkha on the 10/8/1917, which left for Malta on the 18/8/1917 and arrived 29/8/1917 On the 1/10/1917 she embarked for England on the Isonzo, arriving on the 9/10/1917 where she attended a Medical Board on the 12/10/1917, and was granted sick leave to the 11/11/1917, and then an extension to the 19/12/1917 – she had been suffering from an infection and flat feet – passed fit for Home Service 4/1/1918 Posted to the Birmingham Special Military Surgical Hospital, Northfield on the 15/1/1918 Confidential Report, BSMS Hospital, 27/12/1918: Sister Deacon has served here from 15/1/18 and under me from 10/6/18 – Her general professional ability good Administrative capacity very fair She is punctual, capable, hard-working, and good tempered She has not acted in a higher rank than she at present holds. With the war over, Dora returned to Australia on the Osterley, embarking 21/5/1919, for Fremantle, and nursed influenza patients at the Blackboy Hill camp on her return She married John FROOME in 1920 in Perth Child: Peter Frederick b.4/3/1922 Waverley Hospital, Perth, WA – marr June – d.7/6/1954 NZ, aged 32 Living 331 Fitzgerald St, Balkatta 1921; 82 North Beach Rd, Balkatta, Fremantle 1925 (John, Assurance agent) John was a Superintendent at the Temperance and General Assurance Co. in 1928 Dora died on the 3rd of June 1928 at Perth, aged 42 – following a long illness She was buried in the Baptist Cemetery, Karrakatta 5/6/1928 (Sect AA, Grave 0081) The British Journal of Nursing, 5 July 1913 (p.8): PRESENTATION OF MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AT SHOREDITCH INFIRMARY On June 23rd Mr Sholto Douglas, Chairman of the Shoreditch Board of Guardians, presented to the nurses the certificates of training, gold and silver medals, and other prizes won at he recent examinations by the nurses at the Shoreditch Infirmary. Miss Dora Deacon received a gold medal and certificate, …………. Meekatharra Miner (WA), Sat 19 Jan 1914 (p.4): Meekatharra Hospital Nurse’s Travelling Expenses Nurse Dora Deacon made application for fare and travelling expenses (£6 8s 6d) from Perth to Meekatharra, and the amount was ordered to be paid. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 18 Jul 1916 (p.5): [photo] Nurse Dora Deacon, of the “Bungalow”, Loch-street, Claremont, late of Grosvenor Hospital, Fremantle, now on active service in England in Wiltshire Military Hospital, who has been awarded the Royal Red Cross, in recognition of her valuable services in connection with the war, instituted by Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, and will be decorated with the badge by the King at Buckingham Palace. The British Journal of Nursing 14/10/16 (p.310): On Wednesday, 4th inst., the King bestowed the Decoration of the Royal Red Cross on the following Matrons and Nurses at Buckingham Palace, to whom hearty congratulations: The Royal Red Cross (Second Class) QAIMNSR - ……………., Sister Dora Deacon, …………………………….. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 10 Jun 1919 (p.3): Mainly About People Sister Dora Deacon, late of Grosvenor Hospital, Fremantle, and “The Bungalow,” Loch-street, Claremont, is returning shortly by the Osterley, which left England on May 21. Sister Deacon has seen nearly four years’ active service, and was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal for service in Salonika. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 15 Jun 1919 (p.18): PERTH PRATTLE Two returning war nurses expected by the Osterley are Sister Dora Deacon (she has been on duty nearly four years, and has won the Royal Red Cross) and Sister Nellie Doyle, also four years on active service. She is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Doyle. The West Australian, Mon 6 Mar 1922 (p.1): FROOME (nee Dora Deacon) – On March 4, at the Waverley Hospital, to Mr and Mrs J. Froome, of 82 North Beach-road – a son (Peter Frederick). The West Australian, Tue 5 Jun 1928 (p.1): DEATHS FROOME – On June 3, 1928, Dora (nee Sister Deacon, RRC, late QAIMNS), dearly beloved wife of John Froome, and mother of Peter, of 82 North Beach-road, Mt Hawthorn, and fifth daughter of Mr and Mrs F. Deacon (Claremont). FROOME (late Sister Deacon, RRC, Imperial Army) – On June 3, 1928, at Perth, after a long illness, Dora, the beloved daughter of Mr and Mrs F. Deacon of Loch-street, Claremont, and loving sister of Kate (Mrs George, England), Edie (Mrs Arthur, Perth). Mary (Mrs Alliston, England), Minnie, Fred, Ida (Mrs Byrne, Cottesloe), Ivy (Mrs Hobbs, deceased), Beatrice, Elsie (Mrs Minchin, Carnarvon), Valentine, (Mrs Heydon, Claremont), Hilda (Mrs Wright, Busselton), and Jack; aged 42 years. FROOME (nee Deacon, late Sister, RRC) – On June 3, Dora, loving sister-in-law and sister of Mr and Mrs Arthur, 188 Aberdeen-street, West Perth; on active service four years. Peacefully sleeping. FUNERAL NOTICES FROOME – The Friends of Mr John Froome, Superintendent, Temperance and General Assurance Co., and of 82 North Beach-road, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late dearly beloved wife Dora to the place of interment, the Baptist Cemetery, Karrakatta. The Funeral is appointed to leave the residence of her parents, Mr and Mrs F.G. Deacon, Loch-street, Claremont, at 4 o’clock THIS (Tuesday) AFTERNOON, per motor. Friends wishing to attend the Funeral, may proceed by the 4 o’clock train leaving Perth. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Fri 8 Jun 1928 (p.8): [Photo] THE LATE MRS FROOME who was formerly Sister Deacon, Royal Red Cross, Imperial Army. She was the fifth daughter of Mr and Mrs F.J. Deacon, of Loch-street, Claremont, and received her nursing training at the Sitting-bourne Hospital and the Shoreditch Infirmary (England), where she was the gold-medallist for her final year. She came to Western Australia in 1913, and followed her profession here until the outbreak of war, when she went to England, and was accepted for duty with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service. Sister Deacon served with this unit at the military hospital at Sutton-Veny (England), and at Salonika. Here she was taken ill, and was invalided to Malta. While travelling thither the vessel was torpedoed. From Malta she was sent to London, where again she nursed in various military hospitals until 1919. After her return to the State she nursed at Blackboy Hill during the outbreak of pneumonic influenza. For her services during the war Sister Deacon was decorated with the Royal Red Cross by His Majesty the King, at Buckingham Palace. In 1919 Sister Deacon married Mr John Froome, who, with his son Peter, is left to mourn their loss. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 12 Jun 1928: THE LATE MRS DORA FROOME After a long, painful illness there passed away Mrs Dora Froome (better known as Sister Deacon). Deceased was a member of the Queen Alexandria Imperial Military Nursing Service, and served four years in hospitals in England and the Balkans during the war. She had the honor of being decorated by his Majesty King George with the Royal Red Cross in recognition of signal services. She is survived by a husband and child. Her remains (enclosed in a polished casket covered with the Union Jack) were laid to rest in the Baptist Cemetery, Karrakatta, in the presence of a large attendance of friends. …………………………………