Staff Nurse Mary Ann May MARTIN, c.1886 – 1945

Connection to the Hunter Valley – Staff Nurse Mary Ann Martin was born at Cooranbong, Lake Macquarie and was living at Martinsville in the Watagans when she enlisted.  She is buried in Cooranbong Catholic Cemetery.

Service – Australian  Army Nursing Service (AANS)

Service location – Staff Nurse Mary Ann Martin enlisted 11 September 1917 and possibly served at No 4 AGH Randwick before she embarked on the Wyreema on 14 October 1918, bound for Salonika in northern Greece.  The ship was recalled at sea due to the end of hostilities on the Salonika front. Some of the women on this vessel nursed influenza patients at the Quarantine Station in Fremantle on their return – see Veiled Lives in references.  I have been unable to determine whether Staff Nurse Martin was one of these.

Medals – British War Medal

References:

National Archives of Australia B2455 MARTIN M A M

Embarkation Roll of the First AIF AWM Nurses (July 1915 – November 1918)

Ruth Rae, Veiled Lives:  threading Australian nursing history into the fabric of the First World War, The College of Nursing, Burwood NSW, 2009

Do you know more?

© Christine Bramble 2013

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