Acting Matron Mary McLean Loughron

Birth Date 02 August 1886
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Winchelsea
Final Rank Acting Matron
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 21 September 1916 on page 2622 at position 69
London Gazette 15 June 1916 on page 5958 at position 2

Mary McLean Loughron was born in Winchelsea, Victoria. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before deciding to join the war effort, embarking with an Australian medical group on the RMS Orontes in early 1915. After arriving in France, Loughron enlisted with the British Army, joining the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS), and was eventually stationed at 2nd Stationary Hospital Annexe in Abbeville.

During her service, Loughron was twice awarded the Royal Red Cross (RRC), one Second and one First Class, and was Mentioned in Despatches on 30 April 1916 for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field. She served in France until the end of the First World War, and immediately afterwards worked as Matron of the Peace Conference Hospital in Paris. A portrait of Matron Loughron dressed in the indoor uniform of the QAIMNS was hung in the gallery of Portraits of the Allies in the Luxembourg, to represent the British Army Nursing Service.

Loughron returned to Australia on the SS Orvieto in December of 1919. She went on to open a private hospital in Camberwell, Victoria, which she operated for 10 years, and later spent 20 years as chief inspector for Victoria for the Child Welfare Department.

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Royal Red Cross (2nd Class)
    Classification
    Royal Red Cross
    Unit
    Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve)
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Acting Sister
    London Gazette
    4 June 1917 on page 5488 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2627 at position 44
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve)
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sister
    London Gazette
    15 June 1916 on page 5958 at position 2
    Commonwealth Gazette
    21 September 1916 on page 2622 at position 69
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Royal Red Cross (1st Class)
    Classification
    Royal Red Cross
    Date of Recommendation
    06 October 1918
    Unit
    No. 2 Australian Stationary Hospital
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Acting Matron

Timeline

Date of birth 1886-08-02
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-10-06

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