Sister Susan[nah] ARNOLD , 1878 – 1961

Connection with the Hunter Valley – Sister Susan Arnold was Matron of Dungog Hospital before the War.  She is named on the Dungog and District honour roll (Dungog RSL Club).

Training and experience – Trained Grafton Hospital,  Matron of Dungog Hospital until c.May 1914,  Matron of Richmond District Hospital in 1915                               

Service –  Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS)

Service location – Egypt, Salonika and UK.  In her own words …

Medals – British War Medal and Victory Medal

        More details and references:

Enlisted – 2 September 1916, age 38                                                                 

Residence before embarkation – Kogarah             

Port of embarkation, vessel and date – Sydney / Kaiser-I-Hind / 9 December 1916   

Return to Australia – Embarked 21 June 1919 on the H.T. Konigen Luise, on duty.  Disembarked Sydney 16 August 1919

Next-of-kin as indicated in service record – Mother, Sarah Arnold, “Dunlee”, Montgomery Street, Kogarah, NSW

Leave – Sick June 1917 (tonsillitis), October 1918 (influenza); recreation leave February-March 1919 (UK)

Discharged   – 23 September 1919                                                            

Relative in AIF – Brother, Henry Arnold, was a dentist – initially enlisted in 30th  Battalion, later  transferred to Australian Army Medical Corps                                              

Honour roll – Dungog and District honour roll (Dungog RSL Club), Grafton Public School, Richmond & District Memorial

Parents / where born or birth registered – John and Sarah Arnold / Grafton (birth registered with the name Susannah – however, all military records use the form Susan)

Marital status / married surname – Single    

Religion – Church of England


National Archives of Australia  B2455 ARNOLD S

Nominal Roll of the AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM) AWM133, 02-030

Embarkation Roll of the AIF Australian War Memorial AWM Nurses (July 1915 – November 1918)

Australian War Memorial Australian Army Nursing Service in Egypt June 1916 – April 1918 Part 1, [p.8 &16]

AWM41/1072 (Interview with Matron Kellett)

Australasian Nurses Journal, Vol XIII No 1 January 1915, p.30

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 1911, p.7, retrieved from Trove 27 July 2010; 18 August 1919 p.9, retrieved from Trove 7 June 2012

Dungog Chronicle, 14 June 1921

Clarence & Richmond Examiner, 23 December 1911, p.9, retrieved from Trove 28 August 2011; 5 May 1914, p.4, retrieved from Trove 9 May 2012

Kirsty Harris, More than Bombs and Bandages – Australian Army nurses at work in World War I, Big Sky Publishing, Newport, 2011, p.247

Do you know more?

© Christine Bramble 2013

2 thoughts on “Sister Susan[nah] ARNOLD , 1878 – 1961

  1. Sandra Stenberg

    My grandmother’s sister was Susan Arnold and I was thrilled to find this information. I met her when I was a small child.

    1. Great War Nurses from Newcastle & the Hunter Region Post author

      Good to hear from you, Sandra. Would love to hear what you remember about your meeting with Sister Arnold.


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