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    • Mary Charlotte Timms of the Queen Alexandra's
    • Posted by JudithGreen34, Sunday, 19 October 2014

    Mary Charlotte Timms, known as "Cis" was born in 1875 at Kiama, N.S.W. daughter of Joseph Warburton Timms and Charlotte Vandenbergh. Cis trained as a nurse at the Coast Hospital in Sydney and after nursing in N.S.W. and New Zealand travelled to South Africa where she volunteered for service in WW1 in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service.. Cis nursed at Kitchener and Gratham hospitals in England serving for four years on the Western Front where she was one of the survivors of a bombed casualty station and was awarded four military decorations. Cis returned to Australia on "Freiderichsruhe" in July 1919 and became matron of Bangalow Hospital on Richmond River in N.S.W. After she retired she lived with her sister in Rockdale, Sydney and kept her association with soldiers and nurses of WW1. Cis always marched on Anzac Day and after her death on 9 August 1949 the Rockdale branch of R.S.L. accorded her a military funeral.