Victory Medal : Sister E A Cuthbert, Australian Army Nursing Service

Accession Number RELAWM15022.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

Awarded to Head Sister Emma Argyle Cuthbert. Sister Cuthbert joined the Australian Army Nursing Service on its inauguration in 1902. She embarked for First World War service on 5 December 1914 with 1 Australian General Hospital. Sailing aboard the 'Kyarra' the unit arrived in Cairo in January 1915 and opened the hospital at Heliopolis. Sister Cuthbert was involved in treating the first casualties from Gallipoli to be brought back to Heliopolis and accompanied 900 wounded back to Australia in August 1915. After three weeks leave she rejoined the ship and returned to 1 AGH in Cairo. In late March 1916 the unit left Egypt and arrived at Marseilles on 5 April 1916. Sister Cuthbert was given charge of 16 Australian nurses and sent to No 3 British Hospital at Le Treport. In June she was transferred to No 6 British Stationary Hospital at Frevent. No 6 was the first receiving hospital behind Arras and here she was involved in nursing German prisoners as well as gassed soldiers. From October to January 1917 Sister Cuthbert nursed in an Officer's ward in a convent outside Frevent. On 28 January 1917 she was ordered to report to AIF headquarters in London and was attached to 3 AGH which was going into France for the first time. After some time waiting at Brighton and then in London the unit left for France in April, but was split up amongst British units. Sister Cuthbert served with No 2 British Hospital at Abbeville until 3 AGH was ready. After several months at Abbeville she joined 2 AGH at Winneruese in September and experienced bombing attacks as 2 AGH, along with two British hospitals, was located in a field next to a railway bridge. Sister Cuthbert remained here until the end of the war, celebrating the Armistice in Boulogne. In January she was sent to London to await transport home and on 1 March 1919 was presented with the Royal Red Cross at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. On the 8 March 1919 Sister Cuthbert embarked for return to Australia.