• Wattleworth

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
Stories and comments
    • WATTLEWORTH (nee FENDER, Lola Ruth, aka Lassie) – Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 8 January 2022

    John and Lola WATTLEWORTH returned to Australia together with their daughter Joyce – embarking Bombay 31/7/1921 on the Naldera Lola was born on the 17th of November 1890 at Wyelangta, McKillop St, Geelong, Vic – the only daughter of Thomas FENDER and Lillias Jane GULLAN, who married in Winchelsea, Vic on the 15/12/1886 Her parents were living in Ashfield, NSW, in 1914, and with Lola from 1922 Thomas, an ex Government Contract Surveyor, died on the 2/10/1924 at Lola’s home in Denman, NSW, aged 70 Lillias continued to live with her daughter until Lola’s death (in 1938) – and she died on the 28/5/1964 at Newtown, NSW, aged 97 Only Sibling: *William Martin b.16/9/1887 Geelong – WW1: 2nd Lieut, 6th ALHR – 1Bn, ICC (POW) – DOW 19/4/1917 Palestine Living Tambo Bluff, Netung, Gippsland in 1901; Netherleigh, Lower Fern Tree Gully in 1903 Educated at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne 1913 Electoral Roll: Nurse, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Camperdown, NSW Trained in nursing at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Sydney (3yrs 10mths) from the 3/10/1912 – graduating June 1916 – she left on the 5/8/1916 Member of the Australian Trained Nurses Association Reference from the Matron of the RAH for Children, 5/8/1916: “This is to certify that Miss Lola Fender received her certificate (three (3) years and ten (10) months under War emergency clause) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. During her course Nurse Fender received a thorough training in Medical and Surgical Nursing. For the past six months she has had charge of one of the Surgical Wards (20 beds), and has given every satisfaction to the Medical Staff. I have found her at all times interested in the welfare of her patients – quick and intelligent in the performance of her duties. I wish her every success.” WW1 Service: Miss Lola Fender embarked in Sydney on the Omrah, arriving at Plymouth, England, on the 17/10/1916 She joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 8/12/1916 and was posted to the Haxby Road Military Hospital in York Posted to Salonika via France 26/7/1917 [52nd GH] Embarked in Taranto, Italy, 3/8/1917 on the Aragon and arrived Salonika 11/8/1917 where she was placed on temporary duty at the 63rd General Hospital Admitted to the 43rd General Hospital 13/9/1917 with Malaria – then to the Sister’s Convalescent Camp 19/9/1917 Rejoined the 63rd GH for duty on the 29/8/1917 Admitted to the 43rd GH 29/1/1918 (ICT thumb) – transferred to the Red Cross Convalescent Home 3/2/1918 Rejoined the 63rd GH for duty 10/2/1918 Letter from Lola to the Matron of the 63rd GH, 10/2/1918: “I have the honour to request that you will forward my application that I may be permitted to resign my appointment with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve on April 2 1918. I wish to get married in Salonika as my fiancé, who is serving as an officer with an A.S.C. Company is unable to get leave. Under the terms of my agreement I am entitled to a free passage to England, but would esteem it a favour if a passage to Australia, which is my home, could be granted in lieu.” Her resignation was accepted from 2/4/1918, and a passage to Australia granted Married John Martindale WATTLEWORTH on the 3rd of April 1918 at the General Headquarters Chapel, Salonika Accommodated at the 50th GH 13/5/1918 Embarked for Egypt 23/5/1918 Further service with the AIF on Hospital Ship Port Darwin – terminated 11/8/1918 John and Lola returned to Australia together with their daughter Joyce – embarking Bombay 31/7/1921 on the Naldera – arriving Sydney 22/8/1921 Children (5): 1. Joyce born 13/4/1920 Dehra-Dun, India (Tutor Nurse) – married George (Gyrogy) MENGYAN (Lab Assistant) in 1961 Burwood, NSW – living Wollstonecraft, NSW 1968 (still nursing) 2. William Martin Fender b.1923 Denman, NSW (Wireless Operator / Radio Officer) – served in Merchant Navy in WW2 – marr Beryl Estelle ATKINSON 1946 Vancouver – living NSW 1941 / Vic 1949 / WA 1954 / NSW 1963 / WA 1968 / NT 1972 / WA 1977, 1980 – died 30/11/1988 WA, age 65 (Buried Guildford Cemetery) 3. Mercer Gillian born 13/1/1925 at Hortiack, Denman (Stenographer / Secretary) – died 19/10/2009 at Loreto Home of Compassion, late of Sunny Cove Retirement Village, Wagga Wagga, age 84 4. Margaret b.c1927 (Nurse) Daughter b.26/4/1929 NSW (possibly Margaret – but probably Jane) 5. Jane (Stenographer) – marr Robert Geoffrey EDMANSON (Clerk) 26/4/1952 Marriage notice for Jane states she was the youngest daughter: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18252125 [Jane & Geoffrey living with his parents NSW 1954, 1958 / Farm 27 Coleambally, NSW (Riverina) 1963 / Wagga Wagga, NSW 1980 – he a Manager, she a Secretary – daughter, Catherine b.1961] The family were residing at‘Hortiack’*, Martindale Creek, Denman, NSW 1924, 1930 – sold up their Dairy Farm in 1932 / ‘Hortiack’, Dapto 1933, 1937 (sold up this Dairy Farm in 1941) *Hortiack (Hortiach) named for a village in Salonika – most likely where they met Lola died on the 12th of March 1938 at the Royal Hospital for Women, Paddington, Sydney of (a) Myopathic Uterus (b) Lobar Pneumonia She was privately cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney on the same day John Martindale WATTLEWORTH: Born 3/12/1894 Birkenhead, Cheshire, England – son of James and Sarah WW1: Capt, O.C., 810 Company, M.T., RASC Dairy Farmer WW2: 1940 – 1945, Major HQ Security service and Intell Corps [NOK: Helen] Remarried Miss Helen Madge HARRIES (secretary in the camp section of the Red Cross Society) in 1941 Nth Sydney Left Australia in 1945 for Austria Having been living in Wales, he returned to Australia in 1957 Living with his daughter Mercer at Strathfield in 1963 Died 30/3/1973 St Leonards, NSW, age 79 – late of Strathfield The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 19 Nov 1890 (p.1): Births FENDER – On the 17th inst., at Wyelangta, McKillop-street, Geelong, the wife of Thomas Fencer – a daughter. Leader (Melb, Vic), Sat 19 Oct 1901 (p.42): PRIZE LETTERS Tambo Bluff, Metung, Gippsland, Sept. 22nd 9/01 Dear Cinderella My home is in Gippsland near Lake King. The house is situated on a high hill which rises up from the water. From this hill which is called Tambo Bluff we see many pretty views. Looking one way across the waters we see two rivers opening into the Lake, and far behind, the snow-covered mountains. Another way we see Raymond Island, at the head of it a beacon was placed by some surveyors, a number of years back. The animals and flowers are very plentiful. Not long ago an Emu used to come up near the house every morning before breakfast. When it ran its tail used to keep time with its legs. The other animals are mostly Kangaroos’, Wallabies’, Wombats’, hares and rabbits, &c. As to flowers the Clematis is very common. There are some flowers that have berries in winter, and flowers in Spring. The Ticoma is beautiful in September, but not so nice in December. Do you think I will be able to get the prize? I will now conclude hoping you are well. – I remain, your new friend. LOLA. R. FENDER. 10 years 10 months. Leader (Melb, Vic), Sat 11 Apr 1903 (p.42): PRIZE LETTERS Netherleigh, Lower Fern Tree Gully, March 12th 1903 Dear Cinderella Most people have some occupation which is more interesting to them than any other. As for me it is very difficult to decide which holds the premier position, “Reading” or “Riding.” But as riding would be classed more as a recreation, I will say reading is my favourite. Much knowledge is derived from books, such as histories, lives of great men and novels by such writers as Sir Walter Scot, Dickens, Crockett and Miss Younge. The heart of Mid-Lothian (Scot) kept my attention from beginning to end, the hardships endured by Jeanie and Effie being so beautifully expressed that the tears were often forced to my eyes, and even after reading it the second or third time a lump would invariably come into my throat at the pathetic parts. The Pickwick Papers are so utterly ludicrous with Mr Pickwicks troubles with Mrs Bardell and Sam Weller’s never ending mirth, that every time it is read one can still find something to laugh at. Ethel Turner’s books for children are very interesting. Judy in the Seven little Australians was a regular little pickle, but her sad ending was the cause of much grief to me. I was so glad that poor Bunby’s troubles and wrongdoings came to an end so happily. It was with great awe that I went through the wonderful voyage 20,000 leagues under the sea, by Jules Vernes, and was truly thankful when we got to land again. Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are wonderful. The Winters Tale and Macbeth quite fascinated me, and Tennyson’s Passing of Arthur is simply exquisite, but I must not forget some of Burns beautiful verses, principally Is Mary in Heaven, To a Daisy and the never to be forgotten Tam o’Shanter. Longfellow’s story of Evangeline and Killed at the ford are favorite pieces. Now my dear Cinderella, on the subject of books and poetry, I am afraid like the Brook I could go on for ever, especially if the clock would only stop at 8 p.m. and not necessitate my going to bed. Well dear Cinderella I must close with love to yourself and the little children in the cot. I remain your loving niece. LOLA R. FENDER, Age 12 yrs 3 mths. The Sydney Morning Herald, Thur 3 May 1917 (p.8): WOUNDED LIEUTENANT W.M. FENDER Mr Thomas Fender, of Ashfield, has been notified that his son, 2nd Lieutenant W.M. Fender, of the Imperial Camel Corps, and late of the Light Horse, who was previously reported missing, is now reported as wounded in Palestine, and a prisoner of war. A sister, Nurse Lola Fender, is engaged in military work at York Military Hospital The Australasian (Vic), Sat 30 Mar 1918 (p.33): ENGAGEMENTS The engagement is announced of Lola Ruth (Lassie) Fender, Queen Alexandra Military Nursing Service, only daughter of Mr and Mrs T. Fender, Maitai, Ashfield, New South Wales (formerly of Geelong, Victoria) and John Wattleworth, O.C., 810 Company, M.T., A.S.C., British Forces, Salonika; the marriage to take place early in April. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 27 Apr 1918 (p.13): MARRIAGES WATTLEWORTH – FENDER – On the 3rd April, at Salonika, Captain John Wattleworth, British Forces, Salonika, and Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, to Lola Ruth, only daughter of Mr and Mrs T. Fender, “Maitai,” Ashfield, N.S.W., formerly of Geelong, Victoria. (By cable) Geelong Advertiser (Vic), Fri 28 Jun 1918 (p.5): WINCHELSEA The following is an extract from the “Balkan News” which is published for the British Army in Macedonia. It is from the issue of Friday, 5th April 1918: - “On Wednesday at 2.30pm, a wedding was celebrated between Miss Lola Ruth Fender (Australia), and Captain Wattleworth, ASC. The ceremony was performed by the Senior-Chaplain, Brig-General the Rev W. Stevenson-Jaffray, C.M.G., assisted by Major the Rev. Murley. The bridesmaid was Miss Wray, and the best man Major Perrott, A.S.C. Miss Fender is well known in the Winchelsea district. The Argus, Sat 1 May 1920 (p.13): BIRTHS WATTLEWORTH (nee Fender) – On the 13th April, at Dehra-Dun, India, to Captain and Mrs John Wattleworth – a daughter. (By cable) The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 28 Jan 1925 (p.12): BIRTHS WATTLEWORTH – January 13, 1925, at Hortiack, Denman, to Captain and Mrs John Wattleworth – a daughter. The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 6 May 1929 (p.10): BIRTHS WATTLEWORTH – April 26, the wife of Captain John Wattleworth – a daughter. The Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW), Tue 7 Jul 1931 (p.2): HOUSE UNROOFED AT DENMAN A windstorm yesterday unroofed the home of Captain Wattleworth at Martindale. The Argus, Wed 16 Mar 1938 (p.12): DEATHS WATTLEWORTH – On the 12th March, at Sydney, Lola Ruth, beloved wife of John Wattleworth, Hortiack, Dapto, and loved daughter of Lillias J and the late Thomas Fender.