Staff Nurse Violet Amy Florentine, “Amy” REID, 1885 – 1960

Detail of Hamilton Citizens' memorial, Gregson ParkPhoto: Christine Bramble 2010

Detail of Hamilton Citizens’ memorial, Gregson Park
Photo: Christine Bramble 2010

Connection to the Hunter Valley – Staff Nurse Violet Amy Reid is named on Gregson Park Memorial, Hamilton, as “Sister A V Reid”.  Nurses with the rank of Staff Nurse were often referred to as “Sister” as a courtesy. Amy graduated from Newcastle Hospital in 1914.  Amy and her contemporary Staff Nurse Ivy Robbins embarked for overseas service on the Mooltan in 1917. Ivy had graduated from Newcastle Hospital a year after Amy, in 1915.   Perhaps they had encouraged each other to join the AANS as soon as they had the necessary two years post-graduate experience.

Staff Nurse Amy Reid in the uniform of the AANS.  Photo courtesy Pam Reid-Philip.

Staff Nurse Amy Reid in the uniform of the AANS. Photo courtesy Pam Reid-Philip.

Service – Australian  Army Nursing Service (AANS)

Service location – Salonika and UK.

Medals, awards and mentions – British War Medal and Victory Medal


National Archives of Australia B2455 REID VIOLET AMY FLORENTINE

Nominal Roll of the First AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM) AWM133, 43-118

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

Sydney Morning Herald, 31 December 1913, retrieved from Trove 27 July 2012; 19 December 1928, retrieved from Trove 8 August 2010

Audrey Armitage, A Golden Age of Nursing, Royal Newcastle Hospital Graduates’ Association Book Committee, Newcastle, 1991

Do you know more?

© Christine Bramble 2013

2 thoughts on “Staff Nurse Violet Amy Florentine, “Amy” REID, 1885 – 1960

  1. Rob Walker

    Amy Reid was the daughter of my great grandfather’s brother Robert Reid. I wrote a story of her service in WW1 in the “Murrumbidgee Ancestor” in the Oct 2012 journal of the Wagga Wagga & District Family History Society. Amy finished her nursing career in Canberra. She died in Kingston ACT in July 1960, aged 75. I did not know there was a Newcastle connection. Her embarkation address was Darlinghurst. My mother was a Reid. Cheers Rob Walker.

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

      Thanks, Rob, good to fill in a little more of the jigsaw! Have you got an address for the Wagga Wagga & District FHS? – I’d like to obtain a copy of your article. Cheers, Christine


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