Effie May Fussell (nee Garden) as a member of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914-18, and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD), 1939-45, interviewed by Jan Bassett

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Accession Number S01815
Collection type Sound
Measurement 34 min 40 sec
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; BASF LP 35; 3 3/4 ips/9.5 cm.s; stereo; 5 inch
Maker Fussell (nee Garden), Effie May
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Canterbury
Date made 1 October 1986
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to AWM Special Project Fellowship Award
Description

Early life; nursing training in Bendigo; joining army; voyage to Egypt; conditions at Heliopolis in Egypt; types of wounds suffered by the Australian troops; moving with the 1st Australian General Hospital (1AGH) to Rouen in France; living conditions; transfer to casualty clearing stations; living conditions of nurses at casualty clearing stations; description of doctors and orderlies; description of nurses uniform; food; bathing; recreation; helmets and gas masks; gassing victims; trench feet; leave from France; voyage back to Australia on "war brides ship" in 1919; marriage in 1920; serving in VAD during Second World War; lasting physical effects of service in First World War; formation of Returned Nurses Club; the Edith Cavell Trust Fund; brief mention of her sister Winifred's nursing service in First World War. END OF INTERVIEW.
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