• Priscilla I Wardle

  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
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    • WARDLE, Priscilla Isabel – Acting Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 15 November 2018

    Priscilla was born on the 9th of December 1884 in Ballarat, Vic – the daughter of Henry Thomas WARDLE and Isabella ALLAN, who married in 1884 Isabella died on the 11/6/1916 at their home “Waverley,” in Dawson St, Ballarat, aged 56 Henry, a Timber Merchant, remarried in 1921 to Florence V. Davis – he died at his home in Ballarat on the 15/12/1927, aged 70 Siblings (all born Ballarat): Janet Murtin (Jean) b.1886 (Mrs T.A. Selleck); [Twins] Henry Victor b.1888; Hilda Allan b.1888 (Mrs W. Richardson); Maggie Olive b.1890; Ruby Agnes Vivia b.1893 – d.28/7/1928; *Robert Norman b.1895 – Vet surgeon – WW1: Capt, 8th Mobile Vet Sec 1917–1919 – marr Dorothy E. RULE 25/4/1922 Educated at Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Ballarat Trained in nursing at the Ballarat Hospital Conducted the Mt Stuart Private Hospital in Duke St, Daylesford, together with Miss McKenzie, until June 1914 In charge of Clarendon House, East Melbourne March 1915 WW1 Service: Following a request from the Imperial Government, Priscilla was one of the nurses selected by the Department of Defence to join Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. She embarked in Melbourne 14/4/1915 on the R.M.S. Orontes for England. Having reached the English Channel, there was great anxiety on board when three German submarines were reported to be in the vicinity. That night the passengers remained fully dressed with their lifebelts on hand, and disembarking safely, arrived in London on the 26/5/1919. Serving as a Staff Nurse, she crossed to France and joined the 7th General Hospital on the 9/6/1915 Transferred to the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) 8/2/1916, and then the 8th Stationary Hospital 24/6/1916, including a week at Hardelot 4/8 to 11/8/1916 14 days Leave from the 8/11/1916, and another 14 day Leave from the 22/5/1917 Appointed Acting Sister 1/7/1917 Posted to the 15th CCS 19/9/1917, followed by the 42nd Stationary Hospital 7/3/1918, and the 2nd General Hospital 29/3/1918 Admitted to the 1st General Hospital, Etretat 29/4/1918 with a Debility, and discharged to duty 14/5/1918 Transferred to the 19th CCS 30/7/1918; the 12th Stationary Hospital 6/9/1918, and finally the 4th General Hospital, Camier 10/9/1918 Matron’s Report, 4th General Hospital, 10/1/1919: Miss Wardle joined Unit 10/9/1918 as anaesthetist, and has served with me since November 1918. She is satisfactory in her work as anaesthetist – careful and reliable. Is tactful and has a good influence. I am unable to report on her ward management. Leave 22/9/1918 to the 6/10/1918 Returned to England 12/3/1919; and then to Australia on the HT Roda, embarking 8/5/1919 – her service being terminated on the 7/6/1919 Lived with her family at 215 Dawson St, Ballarat on return home, until her marriage to Terence who she had met during the war Married Cyril Terence Charles KIRBY on the 15th of November 1919 at Ballarat Children: *Terence Patrick b.2/7/1921 Nyah – WW2 (gives DOB as 1920) – Radio Engineer *Mary Sheelagh b.27/1/1924 Nyah West – marr George Stephen Williams 19/2/1944 – d.9/1/2007 Melb Residents of: “Tara,” Tyntynder West in 1921, 1927 121 Webster St, Ballarat 1928 108 Ripon St Nth, Ballarat 1931, 1934 60 Fellows St, Kew 1935, 1936 3 Thornton St, Kew 1943 670 Malvern Rd, Orrong 1949 [Terence listed with Kate Margaret Kirby (Nurse)?] 580 Inkerman St, Caulfield West 1949, 1954 (Priscilla listed on her own), 1963, 1967 (with Terence) President of the Ballarat Trained Nurses’ League 1933 Vice-President of the Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies’ College Old Collegians’ Association in 1933, and President 1934, 35 Terence who had been manager of the Ballarat depot of the Atlantic Oil Co. Ltd, was appointed Superintendent for Victoria , and the family moved from Ballarat to Kew in 1935 Priscilla applied for Repat benefits in 1949 Priscilla died on the 26th of July 1967 at Heidelberg, Vic, aged 82 Terence (Orchardist, Salesman, Manager, Superintendent, Traveller) died on the 14/5/1968 at Heidelberg, (age listed as 83, born c1885) – parents listed as Charles Kirby and Emily (nee Newman) – he was apparently born as Cyril Karl Schulz in 1892 at Hornsey, Middlesex, England – the son of Friedrich Wilhelm Schulz and Emily Kirby Newman. [WW1: Brit Army – Terence Cyril – 1st ICSC 82 Coy, Army Serv Corps WW2: AIF – birth given as 21/4/1896 at Sea] Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and.,,,..(Vic), Thur 18 Jun 1914 (p.2): On Tuesday evening in the Assembly Hall a complimentary social was tendered Miss Wardle, who with Miss McKenzie has so successfully conducted Mt Stuart private hospital in Duke street. The guest was a most popular favorite with all classes of the community, and took a keen interest in amateur dramatic affairs. She has severed her connection with nursing work for some time and intends taking a well-earned holiday and rest. The social was attended by about 50 lady and gentlemen friends, and during the evening Mr A. Lehmann, on their behalf, presented Miss Wardle with a handsome manicure set, at the same time adding a few appropriate remarks, to which the recipient made a characteristic response. The evening proved most enjoyable, dancing being indulged in until after midnight. Miss Nind supplied exquisite music on the piano. The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic), Tue 30 Mar 1915 (p.2): CONCENTRATES Another Ballarat lady, Miss Priscilla Wardle, is going to the front as a nurse. She was a trainee of the Ballarat Hospital, and subsequently conducted a private hospital at Daylesford. She is at present in charge of Clarendon House, East Melbourne. She sails on Tuesday week by the Malwa, and will join the British Imperial Forces in London. She purposes coming to Ballarat to-morrow to say good-bye to her friends. The Ballarat Star (Vic), Fri 24 Mar 1916 (p.4): PERSONAL A contributor to the “Glasgow Evening News” writes: – “I wonder if many folk know the special work the Duchess of Argyll is interested in in France. As the owner of a charming chateau, within comfortable distance from Paris, she has hit on the splendid idea of running it as a rest home for Red Cross and Army nurses who, suffering from the strain of constant vigil, are given an occasional furlough. I read a letter from an Australian sister yesterday. She has been privileged to spend a term at the place, and her enthusiasm reaches its pitch when she states that to-day the Queen of Portugal presided at lunch – a charming woman, absolutely natural and unaffected. The home, by the way, is being run under the personal direction of Lady Gifford.” The Australian sister referred to is Sister Wardle, of Ballarat. The Ballarat Star (Vic), Tue 30 Oct 1917 (p.2): CLARENDON COLLEGE ANNUAL REUNION ……………………………………………… The association is proud, too, of the number of its old collegians who are nursing at the Front. The Misses Wardle, Small, and Llewellyn are in France, and…………………… Photo: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/242584049 Weekly Times (Melb, Vic), Sat 19 Jul 1919 (p.40): GENERAL NOTES Ballarat Nurse Returns After four years’ military service in France, Sister Priscilla Wardle, of Ballarat, returned by the Roda last week. As theatre sister, Miss Wardle did three years’ duty at casualty clearing stations and field hospitals in France. In February, 1918, she was at a clearing station hospital near Amiens, when the wounded had to be evacuated under heavy shell fire. Soon after this she was chosen by the British Medical Association in France to take a course in anaesthetics, with a view to relieving a medical officer for more important work. She acted in this capacity for 12 months, and has the record of not having had a day off for illness. Sister Wardle was attached to the Queen Alexandra Nursing Reserve. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 22 Nov 1919 (p.13): MARRIAGES KIRBY – WARDLE – On the 15th November, at Ballarat, by the Rev John Walker, Terence C. Kirby, only son of the late Mr C.J. and Mrs Kirby, of 22 Oakley Square, London, to Priscilla I. Wardle, eldest daughter of Mr H.T. and the late Mrs Wardle, of Dawson street, Balllarat. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 15 Aug 1921 (p.1): BIRTHS KIRBY (nee Priscilla Wardle) – On the 2nd July, to Mr and Mrs T.C. Kirby, “Tara,” Tyntynder West – a son (Terence Patrick). The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 23 Feb 1924 (p.17): BIRTHS KIRBY – On the 27th January, at Dr Ettelson’s private hospital, Swan Hill, to Mr and Mrs T.C. Kirby, of Tara, Vinifera – a daughter (Mary Sheelagh). Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 2 Mar 1933 (p.45): NEWS from COUNTRY CENTRES Mrs T.C. Kirby, president of the Ballarat Trained Nurses’ League, organised a bridge party to help the Queen of Public Service (Miss Eva Kennedy). It took place at the Wattle on Monday evening, and was well attended. Prizes for bridge were donated by Mrs Kirby and Sisters E. McLeod and M. Manstrum and secretarial organisation was done by Sister R. Douglas. The Herald (Melb, Vic), Wed 9 Jan 1935 (p.13): In Today’s Social News MR and MRS TERENCE KIRBY, of Ripon Street, Ballarat, are making their home at 60 Fellowes Street, Kew. Mr Kirby, who has been manager of the Ballarat depot of the Atlantic Oil Co. Ltd., has been made superintendent for Victoria. Mrs Kirby, who met her future husband when a member of the Queen Alexandra Military Nursing Service Reserve in France, was a nurse at Ballarat at the time of her enlistment. She is president of the Clarendon (Ballarat) Presbyterian Ladies’ College Old Collegians’ Association, and is a past president of the Ballarat Nurses’ League. Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 28 Nov 1935 (p.47): REUNIONS AT BALLARAT Clarendon Old Collegians Many visitors were in Ballarat for the reunion of Clarendon Old Collegians, which was held during the week-end. ………………………………. Old Collegians were welcomed by the president, Mrs Terence Kirby, who came from Melbourne, where her home now is, for the occasion, and by the incoming president, Mrs H.C. Nicholson. …. The Argus, Mon 8 Dec 1941: ENGAGEMENTS Mary Sheelagh, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Terence Kirby, Thornton st, Kew, to Tpr George Stephens Williams, AIF, only shon of Mr and Mrs Burke Williams, Riversdale rd, Camberwell. The Argus, Mon 21 Feb 1944: WEDDINGS WILLIAMS – KIRBY A gown of cream brocaded crepe and a long tulle veil held in place with orange blossom were worn by Mary Sheelagh, only daughter of Mrs and Mrs Terence Kirby, Thornton st, Kew, at her wedding to Sgt George Stephen Williams, RAAF, only son of Mr and Mrs Burke Williams, College pde, Kew, which was celebrated at Melbourne Grammar Chapel on Saturday. Rev P St John Wilson officiated. The bride was given away by her father, and attended by Mrs Eric Fitzhenry, sister of the bridegroom, who was matron of honour. Capt Kirby, brother of the bride, was best man.