Staff Nurse Ilma Emily LOVELL, 1892-1966

Connection to the Hunter Valley– Staff Nurse Ilma Lovell trained at Wallsend Hospital. After the War Ilma went back to Wallsend Hospital and at some point became Matron.    She was Matron at a number of other hospitals in NSW before becoming Matron of the Red Cross Home for returned servicemen at Dudley when it opened in 1941.

Ilma Emily Lovell in civilian nursing uniform, possibly taken at the time of graduation in 1916.
Photo: Courtesy Newcastle Museum

Training and experience – graduated from Wallsend Hospital in 1916

Service – Australian  Army Nursing Service (AANS)

Service location – Egypt

Medals – British War Medal and Victory Medal

Memorials and honour rolls – Wallsend Citizens’ Memorial, Wallsend District Hospital, Wallsend Methodist Church and Cardiff Methodist Church

In her own words …


National Archives of Australia B2455 LOVELL ILMA EMILY MAY

Nominal Roll of the First AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM)  AWM133, 32-015

Embarkation Roll of the First AIF AWM Nurses (July 1915 – November 1918)

Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 1919, 20 March 1941

Australasian Nurses’ Journal, Vol XIV No 12 December 1916, p.426; Vol XXI, No 1 January 1923

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© Christine Bramble 2013

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