Autograph book of Mary Anne 'Bessie' Pocock, January 1903 - March 1916

Accession Number RCDIG0001528
Collection number PR05050
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Souvenir
Physical description 47 Image/s captured
Maker Pocock, Mary Anne 'Bessie'
Place made At sea, Australia, Egypt, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1903-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Autograph book relating to the First World War service of Mary Anne ‘Bessie’ Pocock, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). The entries in this autograph book are from various periods, both before and during the First World War. The most prominent of these periods relate to Pocock’s travel in England after the Boer War in 1903 (visiting such places as Southampton, London and Southsea), her return to Australia and service at the Sydney Hospital in 1907, her service aboard the Hospital Ship Assaye in 1915, and her service with the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Mena in 1916. This book contains autographs from English and Australian soldiers, psalms and sayings, and lyrics like that of the marching song ‘Coo-ee my boys for dear Australia!’ The book also contains numerous sketches and watercolours, and poems on themes such as love, honour, friendship, active service, and hospital nurses. As part of their autograph, many contributors included verses from prominent authors and poets such as Byron, Tennyson, von Goethe, Herrick, and Scott.