• M A Ward

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    • WARD, Mary Ann (Dolly) – A/Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 12 April 2015

    Born 6/5/1888 Tarranginnie, near Nhill, Vic – daughter of John (Nick) WARD & Charlotte Louise RAUERT, who married in Victoria in 1884 – Charlotte d.31/5/1914, age 52 & John d.4/2/1936, age 89 – they are buried in the Wiluna Cemetery, WA Address: 1915 – Wiluna, East Murchison, WA Siblings (reg. Nhill): Thomas b.1885; Nicholas Rauert b.20/9/1886 – WW2 – d.1972; John b.1890 – WW1: L/Cpl 1351, 10th LH, 1915-1919; Ivy b.1891 –d.1915; Henry b.1893 Yana… – d.1956 Perth Public Hospital Hill St Nursing Home, 65 Hill St, East Perth, WA WW1: Embarked at Fremantle, WA, on the Orontes to join the QAIMNSR 20/4/1915 (along with Craike, Middleton, McRae & Hamilton) – arriving Plymouth 25/5/1915 Served at the 1AAH, Harefield Park on arrival Embarked for France 26/6/1915 Transferred from Calais to the HS Brighton (mid) 1916 UK Leave end of 1916 (with Craike & Middleton) No.10 Stationary Hospital, France (mid) 1917 Appointed acting Sister 1/3/1918 No.8 General Hospital, Rouen, France 1918 / 1919 (with Denson) Confidential Report (p.21 SR) “Sister M.A. Ward has served under my supervision since 29/5/1918. During this period I have found her work very good & her professional qualifications quite up to the average. She is a very good surgical nurse & very kind to her patients: - tactful, … tempered & observant. She has had charge of a (men’s) fractured femur for some months - & managed it very well. She shows ability in training the orderlies under her supervision. Has not acted in a higher rank than that of Sister with this unit. Suitable for promotion in due course.” Matron K. Roscoe, No.8 General Hospital, 11/1/1919 Demobilized 30/4/1919 Temporarily stationed at the Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington (with Denson), from 2/5/1919 whilst awaiting repatriation – departed 21/5/1919 to embark on the RMS Osterley for return to Australia – arriving WA 28/6/1919 (along with Craike & Middleton) [Sister I.M. Denson was to have sailed with them, but followed later on the Bremen] Temporary engagement terminated 26/6/1919 1920: Perth Public Hospital, WA Nov 1937 – Closing McGill Hospital, Perth, WA (Auctioning off equipment) Died 1/2/1973 at Maylands, WA, age 84, from Pulmonary Tuberculosis [Right cerebrovascular occident / Acute Pulmonary oedema] Cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery & her ashes interred in the Garden of Remembrance Rose Garden, 28, 0080 The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 20 Apr 1915 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Among passengers for England by to-day’s mail boat are Sister McCrae (formerly of the Perth Public Hospital), Sisters Middleton and Craik (formerly of the Children’s Hospital), and Sisters Hamilton and Ward (formerly of the Hill-street Nursing Home), who are going to the front on active service under orders from the W.A. Military Department. The Farmer and Settler (NSW), Fri 28 may 1915 (p.3): NURSES FOR FRANCE Australians Arrive in England Twenty doctors and twenty-eight nurses, who travelled from Australia by the R.M.S. Orient liner Orontes, and disembarked at Plymouth, have arrived in London. There was an alarm in the English Channel of three German submarines having been reported, and everybody on board except the men on duty sat up throughout the night, fully clothed, and with lifebelts within reach. The Orontes was steaming at eighteen knots an hour. The nurses are going to the front in France almost immediately, but the doctors will probably remain in England for a month or more. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 19 Jul 1915 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Nurse Ward, who left Perth last April to offer her services to the Empire, has been appointed to the nursing staff of the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield Park, London. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Wed 5 Jul 1916 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Sister M.A. Ward, formerly of W.A., has been transferred from Calais to the hospital ship Brighton. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Fri 29 Dec 1916 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Sisters D. Craike, M.A. Ward, and J. Middleton have been on leave in London during the past month. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 19 Jun 1917 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Sister M.A. Ward, of the Australian Nursing Staff, is now at the No.10 Stationary Hospital, A.I.F., France. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Sat 28 Jun 1919 (p.5): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Sisters M Ward and I.M. Denson, of W.A., are now attached to Lord Derby’s war hospital, Warrington, according to an English paper. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 29 Jun 1919 (p.18): Perth Prattle Among the war nurses returning by the Osterley is Sister M.A. (“Dolly”) Ward, formerly of the Perth Public Hospital and well known on the Murchison. She volunteered and was accepted for active service shortly after hostilities opened. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 30 Jun 1919 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Sister M.A. Ward returned by the Osterley after some years’ active nursing service abroad. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 30 Jun 1919 (p.3): Mainly About People – “Franziska” Charge-Sister I.M. Denson, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., who left W.A. on December 24, 1915, on nursing service abroad, is returning to Perth by the Bremen, having been prevented at the last moment from sailing with her friend, Nurse M. Ward, who arrived on Saturday by the Osterley. Sister Denson, it will be remembered, was invested with the Royal Red Cross by His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace on May 23. Notes: The West Australian, Fri 7 Feb 1936: DEATHS WARD – On February 4, at Wiluna, John Ward, beloved husband of the late Charlotte Louise Ward, and loved father of Nicholas, Mary, John and Henry; aged 89 years. [Charlotte d.1914 East Murchison, WA] [Nicholas Rauert] Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Wed 19 Feb 1936: WILUNA Feb 12 Mr John (“Nick”) Ward (89), died in Wiluna Hospital on Tuesday last. He had been over 30 years in the East Murchison district. During this period he had been a teamster, later a contractor, a butcher and then partnered his sons in Melrose Station. His funeral was largely attended, the Rev. C.N. Collard performing the burial rites.