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August 1914 - Nurses to Samoa

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This photo was taken on the steps of the captured German hospital in Samoa.
Back row (l to r): I Willis, E Brooke (Second in Charge), B Nurse (Sister in Charge), and
F Wilson. Front row (l to r): V Maclean, L McNie and L Brandon.
ww100The First World War was declared on 4 August 1914. M-i-C Hester Maclean asked if nurses would be sent with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). The response was "No nurses would be sent'.

However on 7 August M-i-C Hester Maclean received a request for six nurses to proceed with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

The six nurses requested on 7th August left NZ on the 15 August 1914 for an unknown destination which, turned out to be Samoa.

Six nurses left NZ but seven arrived in Samoa. Ida Willis stranded, on holiday in Fiji was taken on strength and also served in Samoa.

The New Zealand Army Nursing Service (NZANS) had yet to be established, therefore these nurses were attached to the New Zealand Medical Corps - No 4 Field Ambulance, as members of the New Zealand Medical Corps Nursing Service Reserve and were issued with Regimental Numbers which were later replaced with NZANS numbers.

As you can see below there were some issues with numbers issued to the nurses in 1914 and these appear to have been of various combinations.

In 1915 when three of these nurses became members of the NZANS and went away with the first 50 nurses the Regimental Numbers published in the nominal roles was were incorrect and were later altered. It is appears that the senority of the nurses who served in Samoa may have attributed to the change as they were issued with the first three numbers 22/1, 22/2 and 22/3.

 

Surname
1st Names
NZANS
Reg. No 1915 
Reg. No. Nominal Roll 1915
1914 Reg.No
NZANS Service  Began
Country Attested
Date Attested
 
Training Hospital
Year Qualified
NZRN Number
Married Name
DOB
Died
Nurse
Bertha Grace 

22/1

48

3/73
23/03/1915
NZ
11/08/1914
 
Wellington 
1904
397
  1871 20/12/1960
Wilson
Fanny 

22/2

49
0/28 & 3/77
06/04/1915
NZ
11/08/1914
 
Wellington
1910
706
25/5/1878
11/09/1958
MacLean
Vida Mary Katie 

22/3

50
3/75
06/04/1915
NZ
11/08/1914
 
Wanganui
1910
845
4/11/1881
01/07/1970
McNie
Louise Alexa 

22/144

06/07/1915
NZ
11/08/1914
 
Christchurch
1910
868
Buchanan 
1879
09/05/1941
Brooke
Evelyn Gertrude

22/103

0/29
22/06/1915
NZ
10/08/1914
 
Wellington 
1907
614
Brown 
13/9/1879
11/02/1962
Brandon
Louise Elizabeth 

22/106

  0/30 & 3/76
10/07/1915
NZ
10/08/1914
  Wellingotn
1910
847
 
1874
23/09/1945
Willis
Ida Grace 

22/173

 
0/35
06/07/1915
Fiji
27/08/1914
 
Wellington 
1910
852
29/12/1881
07/03/1968
 
                       
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Bibliography
Sherayl McNabb; 100 YEARS - New Zealand Military Nursing: New Zealand Army Nursing Service - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps: 1915-2015. Published 2015.
Archives New Zealand - NZDF Personal files
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