• L C Sutton

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
  • 1914 Star
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    • SUTTOR, Lillian Charlotte – Nurse, AVH / Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR (ARRC)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 11 May 2018

    Lillian was born on the 30th of December 1873 at the family property ‘Cangoura’, near Bathurst, NSW – the daughter of William Henry SUTTOR, M.L.C. and Adelaide Agnes Henrietta BOWLER, who married in Bathurst in 1862 William died on the 2/10/1905 at their residence “Springfield” Potts Point, aged 60, but was buried in Bathurst. Adelaide died on the 23/5/1920 also at “Springfield”, Darlinghurst, Sydney Lillian was the niece of Sir Francis Suttor Siblings (all born Bathurst): Male b.1864; Dora Henrietta b.1867 – d.1957 (UM); Isabella Adelaide b.1868 – marr Frederic Hamilton SALUSBURY 28/12/1893 Darlinghurst; Grace Agnes b.1871; Kathleen Frances b.1876 – d.1961 (UM); William Henry b.18/4/1878; Una Leonora b.1879 – d.1939 (UM); [Gwynne b.1864?] Educated at the Girls High School in Bathurst and the Rivéire College, Sydney Trained in nursing at the Bathurst Hospital for 4 years from 1897, leaving in 1903 when she received the appointment as Matron of Wellington Hospital 29/5/1903 – (resigned in 1909 to go in to private nursing, but was enticed to stay on) – finally leaving in April 1910 Appointed Matron of Bathurst District Hospital April 1910 – resigned in Dec 1912 to take effect from the 1/2/1913, as she wished to travel to America Private nursing in San Francisco from March 1913 to February 1914 WW1: Lillian was on her way to England when war was declared; having embarked in Sydney on the Ulysses on the 29/6/1914, she arrived in the UK on the 18/8/1914. In November she joined the Australian Voluntary Hospital (AVH) and crossed to France on the 12/11/1914. Returning to the UK on the 17/1/1915, she later rejoined the AVH on the 2/5/1915. She was still serving at the AVH on the 1/7/1916 when it was taken over by the War Office and renamed the 32nd Stationary Hospital (SH). Along with 23 other nurses of the AVH, she was then accepted as a member of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), and continued to serve at the 32nd SH as a Staff Nurse. From the 9/2/1917 to the 21/2/1917 she was hospitalized with illness. The 10/5/1917 saw her transferred to the 6th General Hospital for duty; and she also served for some time at the 13th Casualty Clearing Station, before being transferred to the 24th General Hospital at Etaples on the 23/4/1918. Admitted to the 46th Stationary Hospital on the 20/10/1918 with Influenza, she was discharged on the 19/11/1918 with 14 days Sick Leave in England. Admitted to hospital again on the 30/1/1919, she was then sent to England on the 1/2/1919 to be transferred to Home Service pending release. On the 11/2/1919 she went before a Medical Board and was found permanently unfit for service, due to being very debilitated and anaemic; she also had chilblains. Lillian returned to Australia on the HT Roda, embarking England 8/5/1919 for Sydney, and was officially discharged from the QAIMNSR on the 7/6/1919 She was awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class in 1919 (ARRC) Confidential Report, Matron, 24th Gen Hosp, 8/6/1919: Miss Suttor has worked with me since 12th October 1918. She is a good Medical nurse. Self reliant, capable and level-headed. Very devoted to her patients. She is good tempered and a good influence in the Unit – she has had charge of a medical ward and mangages it well. She trains her orderlies. Miss Suttor is quite suitable for promotion. Living at home with her mother at Springfield, Darlinghurst Rd, Sydney in Feb 1920 Matron of Grafton District Hospital 1920 to 1934 (with 6 months leave of absence in 1927 to visit England) – resigning due to ill health Electoral Rolls 1937: St Hilarie, Simpson St, Wellington, NSW (home duties) 1943: Eastbourne Rd, Edgecliff, NSW (nurse) Applied for Repat 1949 Lillian died on the 4th of August 1950 at a private hospital in Darling Point, NSW, aged 76, and was interred in the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens, North Ryde, NSW The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, Sat 10 Jan 1874 (p.71): BIRTHS SUTTOR – December 30, at Cangoura, Mrs W.H. Suttor, jun., of a daughter. Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW), Wed 3 Jun 1903: MATRON OF THE WELLINGTON HOSPITAL Miss Suttor, one of the senior nurses in the Bathurst Hospital, having served four years in the institution as probationer, has been appointed matron of the Wellington Hospital. Miss Suttor takes with her the good wishes of the citizens generally. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 13 Oct 1906: WELLINGTON, Friday Miss Suttor, matron of the hospital, has been granted five weeks’ absence to visit Western Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 18 Jan 1909: WELLINGTON, Saturday Miss Suttor, matron of the Wellington Hospital, has resigned, in order to take up private nursing in Sydney. She has been connected with the hospital for 5½ years, and eulogistic reference was made at the meeting of the committee to the manner in which she had carried out her duties. The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 24 Mar 1910: THE HOSPITALS WELLINGTON, Wednesday Matron Suttor, of the Wellington Hospital, has been appointed matron of the Bathurst Hospital, and will take up her new position early next month. Matron Suttor has been at the local hospital for nearly seven years. Last year she resigned, but was induced by the committee to accept re-appointment at an increased salary. The Bathurst Times (NSW), Tue 12 Apr 1910 (p.2): ABOUT PEOPLE The committee of the Wellington Hospital has decided to present Miss Suttor with an illuminated address in appreciation of her services as matron. On Monday of last week Nurse Suttor was made the recipient of a necklet of Australian stones, a silver hanging purse, and a silver-mounted manicure set. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Fri 6 Dec 1912 (p.2): Hospital Matron Resigns Nurse Lilian E. [sic] Suttor, matron, tendered her resignation to yesterday’s meeting of the Bathurst District Hospital committee. She stated that as she intended taking a trip to America, she desired to be relieved of her duties on February 1, 1913. – On the motion of Mr J. Simmons, seconded by Mr C.S. Gilham, the resignation was accepted with regret. The Mail (Adelaide, SA), Thur 12 Nov 1914 (p.1): AUSTRALIAN NURSES AT THE FRONT LONDON, Wednesday Nurses Suttor, Dowling, Moxham, Favielle, and Edwards, of New South Wales; Benallack, of Melbourne; and Mundell, of Queensland, have joined the Australian hospital at the front. The Richmond River Herald……(NSW), Tue 26 Oct 1915 (p.4): A Fighting Family The Suttors, of Bathurst, are proud of their fighting strain. They descend from a branch of the Suttor family which has given many a good man to both the army and navy. George Suttor, who settled in this State in the early days, is or has been represented at the war by the following descendants: – Lieut-Col Suttor Rich, died from wounds in France, Nov 1914. Lilian Suttor, nurse, Lady Dudley’s Hospital, France. Pauline Manning, Military Hospital, England. Major Harold Suttor, Gallipoli, since April. Sergeant Keith Suttor, Gallipoli, April. Corp. Marcus Griffin, Gallipoli. Ronald Griffin, James Suttor, Dudley Suttor, Scarson Suttor, Cecil Suttor, Clifford Brown, in camp. Gertrude Moberley, Nellie Gilham, Mrs Harold Suttor, nurses in Egypt. Marguerite Sharland and Hilda Owen, in Military Hospital, England. ………………………………………… https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/125930092 More detailed article: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111232036 Forbes Times (NSW), Fri 19 Jul 1918 (p.4): PERSONAL Mrs E.U. Bowler, of Camp Hill, Forbes, has a niece at the front who has shortly to appear before the King and Queen to receive her 1914 decoration. This is Nurse Lilian Suttor, daughter of……………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/100368808 The Bathurst Times (NSW), Sat 17 Aug 1918 (p.4): A WOMAN’S WAY A recent Sydney “Bulletin” says: “Australian nursing sister Lillian Suttor has been awarded the Mons Medal. Whether the rumor that the King is to pin it on her uniform shortly is true, even her own relatives do not know at present. Sister Suttor left for England in the fateful July before declaration of war. She was at sea on August 4. Arrived safely in London, she offered her services to the Australian Voluntary Hospital, Wimereux, and was sent to France in November. The N.S. Wales Nightingale remained on at the A.V.H. for some time, and worked for the wounded in its wards after it had been taken over by the British War Office. It then became No. 32 Stationary Hospital. Writing to her relatives in Sydney in May of this year, Sister Suttor says: ‘The army has added to and improved the old hospital very much; but I have never been in any so well equipped with surgical appliances as the Australian Voluntary.’ In July, 1917, the lady was transferred to another British hospital in Rouen. Later she has been moved on to Etaples General Hospital and reported ‘well and safe’ after the attentive Hun had bombed it in May of this year. Sister Suttor, a daughter ……………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/121219884 Western Mail, (Perth, WA) Fri 23 Aug 1918 (p.27): A WOMAN’S MELBOURNE LETTER Another Australian Red Cross Nurse has brought honour to the Commonwealth in the person of Sister Lilian Suttor, of the well-known Bathurst clan. She has been awarded the coveted Mons Medal for conspicuous bravery. Sister Lilian Suttor has seen active service since practically the beginning of the war. When hostilities were declared she was on her way to England, and upon arrival immediately linked up with the Australian Voluntary Hospital at Wimereux. Here she continued her labour of love, even after the A.V.H. was taken over by the British Government, and became No. 32 Stationary Hospital. What the special act of bravery was which secured the heroine so high an award is not yet known. Sister Lilian Suttor is the daughter of the late William Suttor, M.L.C., and Mrs Suttor of Springfield, Sydney. Her brother, Mr Gwynne Suttor is well known in Perth. [The Mons Medal (1914 Star, ribbon) was a campaign medal – received by the AVH nurses who were considered part of the retreat from Mons] National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Fri 15 Aug 1919 (p.2): Personal Sister Lilian Suttor, who returned to Sydney recently, after four years’ service in France in the Queen Alexandria Nursing Service Reserve, has been awarded the Royal Red Cross (second grade). Sister Suttor is a daughter of the late Mr W.H. Suttor, late of Bathurst and Mrs Suttor of Darlinghurst. The Richmond River Herald and ……… (NSW), Fri 28 Aug 1925 (p.4): PERSONAL Matron Suttor, of the Grafton District Hospital, was operated upon in that institution for appendicitis on Friday. The Beaudesert Times (Qld), Fri 31 Dec 1926 (p.2): Random Pars At this week’s meeting of Grafton Hospital Committee Matron Suttor wrote thanking the Committee for the necessary leave in order to enable her to take a health trip to England during the coming years. She had noticed in the press that a recommendation was made to the incoming committee to pay her full salary during her absence, but while she appreciated the sentiments prompting the resolution she would, for certain reasons, prefer that no action be taken in this direction. The Committee, however, still held she should accept the offer, and their recommendation to that effect was passed on to the incoming committee. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 9 Apr 1927 (p.16): HOSPITAL MATRON FAREWELLED GRAFTON, Friday Members of the committee and the honorary medical staff of the Grafton District Hospital yesterday farewelled Matron Suttor, who has been granted six months’ leave of absence, to take a trip to England. The president, Mr W.A. Zuill, presented her with a gold wristlet watch. Miss Suttor has been matron at Grafton for seven years. Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Sat 5 Nov 1927 (p.10): ULMARRA Matron Suttor, of Grafton Hospital, who is at present touring England and Europe, has been visiting the war graves of Australian soldiers in France, and has shown her usual kindly thought of others by an action which will be recognized as typical of her. During her inspection of the war graves, the Matron evidently noticed the grave of Private Wilton Collett, who died in France during the war, and now Mrs William Collett, of Ulmarra, mother of Private Collett, has received from the Matron some flowers which she collected from his grave. The kindly thought was much appreciated by the relatives of the fallen soldier. Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Fri 16 Dec 1927 (p.4): PERSONAL A pleasant social evening was spent at the nurses’ quarters, Grafton District Hospital, last night, when several members of the committee of management and their wives assembled to welcome home Matron Suttor, after an absence of about seven months, during which she travelled extensively in England, France and Norway. The Mayor of Grafton (Ald. D.W. Macpherson), who is a member of the committee, commented upon the apparent wonderful improvement in the health of the matron as a result of her well deserved holiday, and he assured her that the Hospital Committee and the citizens of Grafton were pleased to have her back. He also expressed the hope that the domestic wheels of the institution would continue to run smoothly under Miss Suttor’s management. Mr C.I. Imeson also congratulated the matron upon her healthy appearance. He felt sure that the improvement in her health and the experience which she had gathered on her holiday would prove beneficial to the hospital and its committee. Messrs W.T. Robinson, H.A. Sanders and W.A. Zuill (president) also joined warmly in the welcome. In response the matron said that she had had a very enjoyable holiday, but she was glad to be back again, and to find everyone so kind to her. She said that she felt very much better than she did when she left Grafton and should anyone desire to make a similar trip she thought she might assist them to arrange it on fairly economical lines. While in Europe Miss Suttor took a large number of photographs, and the albums containing them were much admired by those present last night. The Manning River Times and………..(NSW), Wed 27 Feb 1929 (p.5): MORE HONORARY MAGISTRATES The Government Gazette of the 19th instant contained a long list of appointments to the Commission of the Peace for this State, in which the following are included: – Lillian Charlotte Suttor, Grafton Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Wed 12 Apr 1933 (p.7): GRAFTON HOSPITAL Sick Leave – In accordance with previous arrangements the Matron commenced her leave of absence on Sunday last. It was reported to-day that the Matron had been urgently advised to undergo hospital treatment for one month. Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Tue 2 May 1933 (p.4): PERSONAL Matron Suttor, of the Grafton Hospital, is undergoing special treatment at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Thur 25 May 1933 (p.4): PERSONAL Word was received in Grafton yesterday that Matron Suttor is still in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Thur 15 Jun 1933 (p.4): PERSONAL Matron Suttor, who has been undergoing special treatment in Sydney, left the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital during the week-end. The Richmond River Herald……….(NSW), Fri 9 Feb 1934 (p.4): PERSONAL Miss Lilian Suttor, Matron of Grafton Hospital for 14 years, was the guest this week at one of the most representative functions ever held in Grafton, when she was presented with an address and a substantial wallet of notes, and touching tributes paid to her work by representative citizens and ladies. The guest has had to retire owing to ill-health. A more detailed account of the farewell function: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/193591920 The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 5 Aug 1950: DEATHS SUTTOR, Lillian Charlotte – August 4, 1950, at a private hospital, Darling Point, daughter of late Hon W.H. and Mrs Suttor, of Bathurst and Sydney. Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), Thur 10 Aug 1950 (p.2): OBITUARY MISS L.C. SUTTOR The death has occurred in Sydney of Lillian Charlotte Suttor, fourth daughter of the late William Henry Suttor, M.L.C. She was at one time matron at Grafton Hospital. She was born at Cangoura, Bathurst. She trained as a nurse at the Bathurst Hospital. In June, 1903, she was appointed matron of the Wellington Hospital. She held that position until April, 1910, when she was appointed matron of the Bathurst Hospital. She resigned from this hospital in February, 1913. The late Miss Suttor was on her way to England in 1914 when war was declared. She went to France to nurse soon after arriving in England, and served at the Military Hospital at Wimereux and Rouen. She joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service and served at Reserve 24 General Hospital, B.E.F., Etaples, France, and in other places. She joined the A.I.F. for a while and worked at Lady Dudley’s Hospital. When this hospital closed she joined the B.E.F. She was awarded a medal as Associate of the Royal Red Cross. She also served in France until the end of 1918, returning to Australia in 1919. Early in 1920 deceased was appointed matron at the Grafton District Hospital, which position she held until 1934, when she resigned owing to ill-health. She died in a private hospital at Darling Point on August 4.