|Place made||Egypt: Suez Canal, Ismailia|
First World War, 1914-1918
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Group portrait of six nurses in camp, with bell tents in the background. The nurses were in ...
Group portrait of six nurses in camp, with bell tents in the background. The nurses were in Ismailia, Cairo from January to September 1916 and were employed at the No. 1 Australian Stationary Hospital (1ASH) which was reassigned from a Nunnery to a military hospital on 1 February 1916.
Identified, left to right: Staff Nurse Elizabeth Hamilton O’Reilly (posted to 1ASH from January 1916 to September 1916, later receiving a military commendation for her valuable service and promoted to Sister. She returned to Australia on 2 July 1919); Staff Nurse Edith Sommerville Thistlethwaite (at 1ASH from January 1916 to August 1916, returning to Australia on 15 February 1918); Staff Nurse Annie Bell was at 1ASH from January 1916 to August 1916, later she was Mentioned in Despatches and returning to Australia on 24 August 1918); Temporary Matron (later Matron) Jean Nellie Miles-Walker (at the 1ASH from January 1916 to September 1916. During her later service, she was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st class on 29 December 1916. In 1918, she contracted pneumonia and died on 30 October 1918 while serving at the Sutton Veny Hospital, Wiltshire, England. She was buried in St John’s churchyard, Sutton Veny and is remembered with honour on panel 188 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra); Reece (believed to be Katie Rees); S Allen (unable to further identify).