Connection to the Hunter Valley – born at Millfield, Sister Crawford came from a large farming family at Mount Pleasant near Ellalong in the Cessnock area. Her war service is commemorated on Ellalong Public School memorial gates. She had, in the words of a descendant, “escaped to Sydney” to train as a nurse.
Training and experience – Belle graduated Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and qualified for the Australian Trained Nurses’ Association in 1915.
Service – Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS)
Service location – Egypt
Medals – British War Medal and Victory Medal
National Archives of Australia B2455 CRAWFORD M I
Nominal Roll of the First AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM) AWM133,12-018 (Incorrectly listed as ‘Muriel Isobel’)
Embarkation Roll of the First AIF AWM Nurses (July 1915 – November 1918)
AWM4, 26/97/1 Part1 Australian Army Nursing Service in Egypt June 1916 – April 1918, [p.8,10,16, 20, 25]
Sydney Morning Herald 8 October 1915, p.10, retrieved from Trove 12 August 2011
Also notes provided to the author by a descendant and see comments below.
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© Christine Bramble 2013