• E Scanlon

  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
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    • SCANLAN, Mary Margaret (aka May) – Sister, QAIMNSR, RRC
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    Born on the 29th of May 1889 at East Melbourne – the daughter of Michael McGuinness SCANLAN and Annie (Mary Ann) HOGAN, who married in 1883 Vic The family lived in Yalgoo, WA during the war years Annie died on the 20/11/1923 at St John’s Hosp, Subiaco, WA Michael (b. Co. Clare) died on the 8/5/1943 WA Siblings: Michael Patrick b.1884 Melb; John Joseph b.1885 Melb – d.1934; James Hogan b.1887 Melb; Margaret b.1893 Melb (Ethel / Sister Mary Benedict) Trained in nursing at Perth Public Hospital, she was on staff at Fremantle Hospital prior to enlisting WW1: Embarked at Fremantle 24/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve (QAIMNSR) Served in Egypt from 15/6/1915, including the Citadel Military Hospital, then on the Hospital Ship Assaye, including the Persian Gulf – Bombay run in 1916 Returned to Australia in 1918 on the HT Wiltshire on nursing duty, embarking at Suez 30/8/1918, and granted a months rest on her arrival, spending time with her parents at Yalgoo Returning to Egypt she continued serving with the QAIMNSR until the 3/10/1919, at which time she travelled to the UK in order to marry [Unfortunately her service record was destroyed after the war] Married Frederick HELM in the Dec Qtr of 1919 at Chorlton, England [Cotton Planter / Capt (MC), with the 3rd Ghurka Regiment] Children: John Michael b. Jun Qtr1921 Glossop, England Mary returned home for a visit in 1927 with her son Michael – embarking 5/3/1927 on the Orama for Fremantle – she was staying with a brother in East Fremantle in the April – returned to England on the Mongolia, arriving London 14 Aug 1927 Her address in the UK was: Boulacie Lane, Gee Cross Hyde, Cheshire She died in the March Qtr of 1974 in Surrey SW, England 1915 Group photo: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/37426419 1916 photo (also K Ryan): https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/37434482 The W.A. Record (Perth, WA), Sat 29 May 1915 (p.13): Local and Personal Nurse Scanlan, of Fremantle Hospital, who has received an appointment with the Royal Army Nursing Corps, left for England by the Mooltan on Monday last. Nurse Scanlan hails from the goldfields, where her parents reside and are held in the highest esteem. Geraldton Guardian, WA, Thur 10 Oct 1918 (p.1): YALGOO NOTES On a visit to her parents at Yalgoo is a 1914 Nurse who has been on duty for the whole four years, and been everywhere. Nurse Scanlon has had some wonderful experiences, and can show some interesting relics from the battlefields. The boys have six months, but Nurse Scanlon has only been granted one month’s rest. May she benefit by it and go back with health and hope to continue to the end is the earnest wish of her Yalgoo friends. Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Fri 11 Oct 1918 (p.3): A LADY’S LETTER The engagement is announced of Capt. F. Helm, M.C., 3rd Ghurka Regiment, to Miss Scanlan, formerly of the goldfields. Sister Scanlan went with the first number of nurses leaving her for the front, and has spent most of her time in Egypt and the Persian Gulf ministering to the needs of the soldiers. Captain Helm is an extensive cotton planter in civilian life. The West Australian, Fri 21 Feb 1919 (p.6): PERSONAL Mr Scanlan of Bernard-street, Claremont, has received a cable message advising that Sister Scanlan has been awarded the Royal Red Cross. At present Sister Scanlan is attached to the Queen Alexandria Nursing Reserve in Egypt. She was on the staff of the Fremantle Hospital prior to enlisting in 1915, but received her training in the Perth Public Hospital. Western Argus (Kalgoorlie), Tue 4 Mar 1919 (p.14): A LADY’S LETTER I am told that Sister Mary Scanlan is the recipient of the Royal Red Cross and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and that she has been mentioned twice in despatches. Nurse Scanlan was one of the first nurses who left Australia for the front, and is now stationed in Egypt. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Sat 16 Apr 1927 (p.10): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Mrs Helm, of Cheshire, England, with her young son, is visiting Western Australia, and is staying with her brother, Mr J. Scanlan, at Preston Point-road, East Fremantle. Mrs Helm is known here as Sister Scanlan. She went through her course of training at the Perth Public Hospital, and joined the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Staff at the outbreak of war.