More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during the First World War. While enabling direct participation in the war effort, nursing also provided opportunities for independence and travel, sometimes with the hope of being closer to loved ones serving overseas.
The Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) had been formed in July 1903 as part of the Australian Army Medical Corps. During the war more than 2,000 of its members served overseas alongside Australian nurses working with other organisations, such as the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS), the Red Cross, or privately sponsored facilities.
Dr. Kirsty Harris has supplied us with details of seventy nurses who served at No.2 Command Depot in Weymouth. Click here to download an Excel file containing names, ranks and dates when they were at the depot. One of the nurses married in 1919 while serving at the depot: Sr. Nonie MONCKTON married 15/4/19 Capt Robert Woodside RAMC of Belfast at RC Church Weymouth.
Dr Kirsty Harris
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
University of Melbourne
L3, Doug McDonell Building
Parkville VIC 3010
Tel. +61 3 8344 3149 (Mon, Tue, Thu)
Author: More than Bombs and Bandages: Australian Army nurses at work in World War I
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