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Edith Mary Lewis

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edith Mary AWMM
  • Surname
    Lewis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Rudd AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 22/247 AWMM
    • WWII 42593 AWMM
    • WWI: 22/444 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 May 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 February 1882 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
    14 February 1882 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Northampton, England Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    daughter of George Llewellyn LEWIS & Mary Hunter nee' LITTLEJOHN Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    • Rostrevor Hospital, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • Public Hospital, Blenheim, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Nurse Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs E. McLaren-Kaly, Witley, Surrey, England AWMM
    • Mrs E.J.Carter (sister), 265 Queens Drive, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • WWI: Mrs J C Field, Homebush, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 4 December 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM
    • 1942 married William George RUDD Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    WWI: Egypt; WII: No 1 NZ Hospital Ship 'Maunganui' Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Nursing Service Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    • WWI 22/247 AWMM
    • WWII 42593 AWMM
    • WWI: 22/444 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Did her Nurse training at the Wanganui Hospital Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Nurse AWMM
      AWMM
    • WW2 16 April 1941 AWMM Nurse AWMM
      BlenheimNew Zealand AWMM
    • WWI: 3 Dec 1915 at Wellington
      WWII: 25 July 1941 at Wellington Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    WWI: 33ys; WWII: 59yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Jul 1917 suffered from Enteritis; Jan & May 1919 suffered from Malaria Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • WWI: Sister
      WWII: Matron Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • The Florence Nightingale Memorial Medal is worn on the right hand side even when in official uniform.

      Awarded the Royal Red Cross in June 1944, "Miss Lewis has rendered conspicuous service, both in this war and the last. She was appointed Matron, 1 NZ Hospital Ship on 29 March 1941and served in that capacity until February 1942. From March to August 1942 she was Matron of Trentham Camp Hospital, she was they reappointed Matron of 1 NZ Hospital Ship, a position which she holds at the present time. His ship has made many trips with sicka and wounded under her care, not only from Egypt to New Zealand , but also to South Africa, to Tripoli, and to England. She has proved herself a 'born' nurse, hardworking, energetic and cheeful, and has the happy facility for instilling confidence in her patients, even under the most trying circumstances. Moreover she is a first-class administrator who can handle her staff with firmness and tact. Her qualities have contributed in no small measure to the comfort and speedy reovery of many a wounded soldier." PJ Beattie and MJ Pomeroy, Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds New Zealand Army Honours and Awards for the Second World War. p. 172. AWMM
    • A rare Florence Nightingale medal and certificate was passed over from the Marlborough branch of the Red Cross to the Marlborough RSA last Thursday.
      The award was originally presented to Matron Edith Mary Rudd (nee Lewis), who served as matron of Wairau Hospital for 20 years from 1921 until 1941.
      Matron Rudd received the award in 1961 as an acknowledgement of her work for New Zealand Red Cross and the Army Corps during both world wars.
      Spending six years nursing off New Zealand shores during the wars, Matron Rudd was first posted to hospital ship, Marama, which delivered her to Egypt, where she spent three years from 1915 to 1918.
      After her time at Wairau Hospital, Matron Rudd was then appointed Matron of the number 1 New Zealand Hospital Ship, Maunganui, in 1941, on which she served until 1944.
      Matron Rudd also had close ties to the New Zealand Red Cross Society, becoming a member of the Marlborough branch in 1925, of which she became president in 1952.
      Matron Rudd received several other awards for her services, including a British War Medal, Victory Medal, Atlantic Star, Pacific Star, Italy Star, War medal, New Zealand War Service Medal, and the 1953 Queen's Coronation Medal.
      She received a Royal Red Cross Grade 1 award, the highest military nursing award.
      New Zealand Red Cross president Jenny McMahon, who has a Florence Nightingale medal, presented the Marlborough RSA with Matron Rudd's award last Thursday, at a ceremony attended by about 70 people.
      The medal will be kept on loan in the Panama Room at the Clubs of Marlborough.
      The Florence Nightingale medal is the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve, and is awarded to nurses and nursing aides who show "exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or a disaster", or "exemplary services or a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education".
      It was instituted in 1912 by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 May 2016 - Malborough Express dated 7 Aug 2013
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    7 May 1967 AWMM
    BlenheimNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
    7 May 1967 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Blenheim Cemetery records
  • Age at death
    85yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Blenheim Cemetery records
  • Place of death
    Blenheim, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Blenheim Cemetery records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Blenheim Cemetery records
  • Grave reference
    RSA Lawn; Block S; Row 0; Plot # 1; Plot Key 428; Warrant # 48612 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 May 2016 - Blenheim Cemetery records
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 416 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 204 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 231 AWMM
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
      Kendall, S. & Corbett, D. (1990). p. 159 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM

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