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

6 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.

  2. Charles Wheeler

    Sandra I’m curious to where you and i come together. Susan / Susannah was my great grandfather’s sister. I lived in her house was she was elsewhere when i was very young but I never met her. I think when she visited to inspect the place I was shunted elsewhere.

    1. Sandra Stenberg

      Lovely to look back to Susan’s history and find your reply.
      My brother, Gary, has been researching our family history and has given me this Information:

      John Arnold / Sarah Brown

      Louisa Arnold – Susannah Arnold –
      Robert Arnold marries Mabel May Rowe
      Child – Nenor May Arnold marries Alfred GF Ellis
      Child – Silvia Betty Ellis marries William CE Wheeler

      The association is Louisa Mair nee Arnold (our Grandmother ) and Robert Arnold (our Great Uncle )

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

    Good to know more about Sister Arnold’s family, Charles.


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