Sister Emily Beryl HENSON “Beryl”, 1887 – 1969

Connection to the Hunter Valley –  Sister Beryl Henson’s place of residence at time of enlistment was Newcastle.   Beryl was born in Sydney but the family moved to Newcastle when her father, Joshua Binnington Henson, was appointed as the Hunter Water Board’s first engineer.  Beryl is named on the honour roll of Mayfield Methodist Church.

Training and experience – possibly trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (see Sydney Morning Herald 6 September 1924 p10).

Service – Australian  Army Nursing Service (AANS)

Service location – Egypt, Lemnos, France and UK. The Australian War Memorial collection includes letters from Sister Henson written during her time on Lemnos in 1915.

Medals – 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal


National Archives of Australia B2455 HENSON E B

Nominal Roll of the First AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM)  AWM133, 24-040 (“Beryl Emily”)

Embarkation Roll of the First AIF AWM 3 Australian General Hospital and Reinforcements (May 1915 – April 1916)

AWM 3DRL/4063 – personal papers held by the Australian War Memorial consisting of small collection of letters and a poem.

Australasian Nurses’ Journal, Vol XIII No 6 June 1915, p.191

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