Connection to the Hunter Valley – Sister Martin had worked at Newcastle Hospital before she enlisted. Her next-of-kin was her cousin, J D Reid of Bolton Street, Newcastle.
Training and experience – trained at Rockhampton Hospital. On her return to Australia from active service she worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
Service – Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS)
Service location – Egypt, France and UK. Mary Theresa Martin was one of the first nurses to enlist. She sailed on the Kyarra in November 1914. An article in the Australasian Nurses’ Journal describing the departure of the ship (see references) includes a group photo of the nurses.
Medals – 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal
Sister Martin died suddenly in 1929 at the relatively young age of 48. She is buried in the Roman Catholic section of Botany Cemetery.
Do you know more?
National Archives of Australia B2455 MARTIN MT
Nominal Roll of the First AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM) 133, 33-090
Embarkation Roll of the First AIF AWM 2 Australian General Hospital (November 1914)
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 1929, p.21, retrieved from Trove 9 August 2010
Newcastle Morning Herald, 28 October 1929, p.9
Australasian Nurses’ Journal, Vol XII No 12, 15 December 1914, pp.398-403
Ben Champion, Newcastle Hospital Register 1817-1915, the author, 1950, pp.375 & 412
© Christine Bramble 2013