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Public talk – “From Newcastle Hospital to Buckingham Palace – the First World War Service of Matron Ida Greaves RRC”

As part of Newcastle Museum’s program to commemorate the centenary of the First World War I will be giving an illustrated talk about the war service of Matron Ida Greaves RRC.

When:  3.30pm Sunday 17 August 2014

Where:  Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Honeysuckle NSW.  Sandwiched between Civic Station and the waterfront, the Museum is difficult to miss.

How much?   Free of charge

Parking:  Metered parking in Wright Lane, next to the Museum.  Lee Wharf Car Park on Honeysuckle Drive (near Honeysuckle Hotel) is a 2-3 minute walk, and the last time I looked was free at weekends.

Public transport: Get off the train at Civic Station.  Entrance to the Museum is just outside the platform exit coming from the Sydney direction.  Alternatively get off the bus at Civic Station, cross the line via overhead bridge or walk around to the level crossing in Merewether Street.

For more information on the Museum’s WW1 program Click here and scroll down to download the flyer.

Was Australia’s longest serving recruit of the Great War in fact a woman?

Here’s a thought – Matron Ida Greaves RRC, graduate of Newcastle Hospital NSW, joined her unit (the Australian Voluntary Hospital) in London on 19 August 1914 and was demobilised 26 March 1919 (service record in National Archives of the UK).  Whilst it makes not a jot of difference to the value of her or anyone else’s military service, it is an intriguing thought.  Any advance on 4 years 7 months and 7 days in uniform?

Matron Ida Greaves and an officer.  Note the ribbon of the Royal Red Cross on the left side of the cape.  This photo was taken at No 7 Casualty Clearing Station, Ligny St Flochel, France on 21 August 1918 when Ida had been in uniform for 4 years.  Photo courtesy Greaves family archive.  Click on image to enlarge.

Matron Ida Greaves and an officer. Note the ribbon of the Royal Red Cross on the left side of the cape. This photo was taken at No 7 Casualty Clearing Station, Ligny St Flochel, France on 21 August 1918 when Ida had been in uniform for 4 years. Photo courtesy Greaves family archive. Click on image to enlarge.