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    • ROSS, Isabella Russell (aka Isabel Russell-Ross / Ross-Russell) – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 5 March 2022

    Isabel was born on the 7th of May 1875 in London, England – the daughter of John Russell ROSS and Isabella Jane CAIN, who married on the 13/4/1870 in East St Kilda, Vic At the age of 6 months while the family were still in theUK, Isabel almost lost her 4 year old sister Annie when she fell from a train. Luckily she escaped with only cuts and bruises. John, a former Manager of the London Chartered Bank, and later Manager of the Australian Land and Finance Co Ltd, died in April 1891 at his home “Kincraig”, aged 60 The family had a town residence in Elsternwick, “Bonleigh” and a country residence at Christmas Hills, Yarra Glen called “Kincraig” Isabella Jane (President of the Yarra Glen Red Cross during the war) died in December 1932 at her home “Kincraig” aged 86 Siblings: *Annie b.19/2/1871 Vic (Mrs H Campbell Jones); *John Russell b.&d.1872 (5w); *Jane Williamson b.31/8/1873 Vic (Jean, Mrs George Arnot Maxwell, marr 1896); *Jessie b.22/1/1878 Vic (Secretary of the Yarra Glen Red Cross) – (Mrs J. Cunningham-Browne, marr 29/1/1919); *William Russell b.1882 Vic; *Hannah Euna La Pretier b.27/8/1884 England – d.24/9/1897 Yarra Glen, age 13; *Marguerita Leslie b.12/1/1889 Vic (Rita, Mrs S Baggs, marr 1921) Nursing: Miss Moore’s Private Hospital “Kareenya”, Perth, WA 1912 Electoral Roll: Nurse – 236 St George’s Terrace, Perth, WA 1914 ER: Nurse – Yarra Glen, Vic Matron, Dr Bird’s Private Hospital, Melbourne, 1915 WW1 Service: As one of a group of 28 nurses accepted for service with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, Isabel embarked in Melbourne 14/4/1915 on the Orontes. The nurses were travelling under the care of AANS Sister Janey Lempriere. When they docked at Fremantle on the 21/4/1915, Isabel was met by her cousin Mrs Olivey and they spent some time together before the Orontes set sail again later that day. The ship arrived in the UK on the 26/5/1915 following some excitement in the English Channel after three German submarines were reported, and everybody sat up throughout the night fully clothed with lifebelts within reach. Isabel was posted to France on the 9/6/1915, serving first at the 7th General Hospital, Malassise She was then posted to the 9th Casualty Clearing Station, Lillers, reporting for duty on the 7/8/1915 [Leave in London during February] Admitted to Hospital 19/3/1916 Posted to the 11th General Hospital, Camiers 12/4/1916 Admitted to Hospital 27/9/1916 and then to Le Touqet 7/10/1916 [Leave spent with her cousins, Dr and Mrs Douglas Gray, at Bolton, Lancashire, during November, recovering “from her breakdown after the strain of sever work”] Posted to the 2nd Stationary Hospital (Dec 1916) Posted to the 27th Ambulance Train 7/1/1917 Granted 14 days Leave from 29/8/1917 to 20/9/1917 Posted to the 11th Stationary Hospital 21/1/1918, then to the 42nd Stationary Hospital 22/3/1918, followed by the 2nd General Hospital 31/3/1918 Admitted to 1 General Hospital – Sisters Convalescent Home, Etretat 29/4/1918 To duty 4/5/1918 – to Nurses Home, Abbeville 5/5/1918 Posted to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station 9/5/1918 Granted Leave from 30/5/1918 to 13/6/1918 Reported for duty with the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Blendecques 20/6/1918, to take a place on the team in the operating theatre. On the 18/7/1918 she left with a surgical team to report to the 62nd CCS. Then followed, the 3rd Canadian CCS 21/8/1918, 45th CCS 29/8/1918 and the 17th CCS 15/9/1918 Admitted to the 14th General Hospital 30/9/1918 (Syn left knee) – to the Convalescent Home at Hardelot 8/10/1918 Attached for duty to the 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 20/10/1918, before being admitted as a patient (24th GH) on the 27/10/1918 – then to the Convalescent Home at Le Touquet 11/11/1918 Returned to duty at the 24th General Hospital 19/11/1918 Confidential Report, Matron 24th GH, dated 12/6/1919: “Miss Russell-Ross has worked under me in this Unit since 30/10/1918. She had had charge of both surgical and medical wards. She is attentive to her patients – looks after her ward and orderlies – is tactful, punctual, reliable and a good influence in the Unit – suitable for promotion in due course.” Crossed to England 12/3/1919 to await demobilization, and served at the King George Hospital, London until departed 21/5/1919 for Tilbury Docks and embarked on the Osterley for return to Australia. Appointment terminated 26/6/1919 1924 Electoral Roll: Nurse – Yarra Glen Following a long illness, Isabel died on the 12th of December 1924 at the Caulfield Repatriation Hospital, aged 49 She is buried in the Yarra Glen Cemetery The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 11 May 1875 (p.1): BIRTHS ROSS – On the 7th inst., at London, Mrs John Russell Ross of a daughter. The Lilydale Express and Yarra Glen…..(Vic), Fri 28 Apr 1899 (p.3): YARRA GLEN It is with regret that I have to announce the departure of Mrs Ross and family of “Kincraig,” Christmas Hill. Mrs Ross and her daughters took a prominent part in church and social affairs, and their presence and help will be very much missed in the future by a large circle of friends, whose best wishes they carry with them to their home in Richmond. “Kincraig” has been leased for a brief period. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 17 Mar 1910 (p.4): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Miss Russell Ross left to-day for Busselton to spend a few days holiday as the guest of Mr and Mrs G.S. Olivey. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Fri 23 Jun 1911 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Miss Isobell Russell Ross, who has been the guest of Miss Moore at “Kareenya,” for the past week, left yesterday on a holiday trip to Busselton, where she will stay with her cousin, Mrs Olivey. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Fri 9 Apr 1915 (p.3): Nurse Isabel Russell-Ross, formerly of Miss Moore’s hospital in Perth, and lately matron of Dr Bird’s hospital in Melbourne, hopes to be able to go shortly to the front on army nursing service. She leaves Melbourne for London on the 14th inst. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Wed 21 Apr 1915 (p.3): Mainly About People Among passengers in transit by the Orontes is Miss Isabel Russell-Ross, one time of the Perth Nursing Sisterhood. She has many friends in this State who will be interested to hear of her departure for the front on active service. Miss Ross was met at Fremantle by Mrs Olivey, and spent her stay at Fremantle with her. Miss Russell-Ross has been matron at Dr Bird’s hospital in Melbourne for a time. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 25 Nov 1915 (p.3): Mainly About People Miss Isabel Ross, formerly a well-known member of the nursing profession, both here and in Melbourne, writes to Perth friends from France where she is on the nursing staff of a [front] line hospital. She and one other are the only English nurses there. Miss Ross is well and keenly interested in her work. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 7 Mar 1916 (p.3): Mainly About People Miss Isabel Ross, formerly of the nursing profession in Perth, who is at present on active service at a military hospital in France, spent a holiday on leave in London last month. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 26 Dec 1916: Miss Isobel Pursell-Ross (formerly of the nursing profession in Perth), who has been on nursing service in France for over a year, spent last month on a visit to her cousins, Dr and Mrs Douglas Gray, at Bolton, Lancashire. Miss Ross is quite recovered from her breakdown after the strain of sever work, and intended to return to duty in France at the end of her holiday. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 30 Jun 1919 (p.3): Mainly About People Nurse Isabel Ross, formerly a resident of Perth, passed through Fremantle on Saturday on her return from England by the Osterley. Miss Ross has been on nursing service in military hospital in France for some years. She was met by friends at Fremantle, and continued her journey to Melbourne later in the day. The Lilydale Express (Vic), Fri 12 Sept 1919 (p.2): YARRA GLEN On Tuesday afternoon, the 2nd inst, the Red Cross Society entertained at tea Mrs J McHardie White, R.R.C., O.B.E., and Sister I Russell Ross. …………………………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/258377693 The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 18 Nov 1924 (p.7): Mainly About People Mrs Olivey left on Saturday on a three weeks’ visit to Melbourne. Her mission to the sister State is a sad one, as she has been called to the bedside of her cousin, Miss Isobel Russell-Ross, who is lying seriously ill. Miss Ross will be well remembered here. Some years ago she was one of the most popular nurses at “Kareenya,” Miss Moore’s private hospital. During the war she enlisted with the Australian nurses, and saw active service in France, but her health became so impaired during her work in a frontier hospital that she has suffered much since, and has been an invalid for the past twelve months. The Herald (Melb, Vic), Sat 13 Dec 1924 (p.9): PERSONAL The death occurred at the Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, this morning of Nurse Isabel Russell Ross, daughter of Mrs J. Russell Ross, of “Kincraig,” Yarra Glen, and sister-in-law of Mr G.A. Maxwell, M.H.R. Nurse Ross was on active service in various theatres of war, and her health was severely affected by her expeiences. The funeral will take place tomorrow at Yarra Glen. The Herald (Melb, Vic), Sat 13 Dec 1924 (p.30): DEATHS ROSS – On the 12th inst., at Caulfield Repatriation Hospital, Isabel Russell Ross, third daughter of the late John and Mrs Russell Ross, Kincraig, Yarra Glen. FUNERAL NOTICES ROSS – The Friends of the late Sister Isabella Russell Ross (late of the A.I.F.) are informed that her remains wil be interred in the Yarra Glen Cemetery TOMORROW (Sunday), the 14th inst. The cortege will arrive at the cemetery gates at 3 o’clock. The Daily News (Perth, WA), 18 Nov 1924: Mrs Olivey left on Saturday on a three weeks’ visit to Melbourne. Her mission to the sister State is a sad one, as she has been called to the bedside of her cousin, Miss Isobel Russell-Ross, who is lying seriously ill. Miss Ross will be well remembered here. Some years ago she was one of the most popular nurses at “Kareenya,” Miss Moore’s private hospital. During the war she enlisted with the Austalian nurses, and saw active service in France, but her health became so impaired during her work in a frontier hospital that she has suffered much since, and has been an invalid for the past twelve months. Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic), Fri 19 Dec 1924 (p.2): About People Our Christmas Hills correspondent records the death of Miss Isabel Russell Ross, a well-known war nurse, on 12th inst. She went to the Great War on April 14, 1915, with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, and gave continuous service throughout the war. Nurse Ross was a daughter of the late John and Mrs Russell Ross, of “Kincraig,” Yarra Glen. She was a sister-in-law of Mr G.A. Maxwell, M.H.R., and Mr H. Campbell Jones, of the “Sun,” and a niece of Mr David Ross, the astronomer. Advertiser (Hurstbridge, Vic), Fri 23 Dec 1932 (p.1): YARRA GLEN Mrs Isabell Jane Russell Ross died at her home, Kincraig, Yarra Glen, on Wednesday, ……… Mrs Russell Ross is survived by five children – Annie (Mrs H Campbell Jones); Jean (Mrs G. A. Maxwell); Jessie (Mrs J. Cunningham-Browne), Rita (Mrs S Baggs), and William Russell Ross ….....[a line missing: Another daughter, Isabella Russell Ross (from the Argus)]…..served with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, and died of illness contracted in the Great War.