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Beatrice Erica Nicholson

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  • Service number
    811713 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Wakely AWMM
    • Beatrice Erica Wakely AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Beatrice Erica AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicholson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Wakely AWMM
    • Beatrice Erica Wakely AWMM
  • Service number
    811713 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 October 1917 WWII NZANS Roll
  • Date of birth
    8 October 1917 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - BMD NZ website
  • Place of birth
    Dannevirke, HB, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Newspaper item in Gisborne Herald
  • Birth notes
    Daughter of Reginald & Jessie Nicholson Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - BMD NZ website
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr R.L.T. Nicholson (father), Dannevirke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    single
    1945 married Sergeant William James Wakely in Cairo Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Newspaper item Manawatu Standard news item

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    811713 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    1943 WWII NZANS Roll
    Place of Nursing training and date of qualification / registration AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Nurse AWMM
    LintonManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    6 November 2016 Public Source
  • Date of death
    6 November 2016 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Tararua District Council's cemetery records
  • Age at death
    100 yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Tararua District Council's cemetery records
  • Place of death
    Dannevirke, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Tararua District Council's cemetery records
  • Cause of death
    old age Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Tararua District Council's cemetery records
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Mangatera cemetery, Dannevirke Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Tararua District Council's cemetery records
  • Grave reference
    RSA Block 14, Plot 1 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Tararua District Council's cemetery records
  • Obituary
    Gisborne Herald item: WWII nurse dies aged 100 - DANNEVIRKE - Beatrice Erica Wakely, the last surviving female member of the RSA in Dannevirke who served overseas during WWII, has passed away aged 100.
    Mrs Wakely was born and raised in Dannevirke, began her nursing career in 1939 at Waipukurau and went on to become a registered nurse in the army.
    Asked to serve as a nurse in the army Betty, 23, left Wellington Harbour aboard a hospital ship heading to the Middle East, where she served in Egypt, North Africa and Italy.
    She served in the Middle East at No 5 NZ General Hospital in Helwan, south of Cairo.
    The camp was originally a summer camp for wealthy British until it was commissioned as a field hospital.
    Mrs Wakely also spent a great deal of time in a small town on the outskirts of Naples, Italy, tending to the troops there.
    Mrs Wakely was a familiar face at Dannevirke Anzac Day services, placing a wreath on the Cenotaph on behalf of the Prisoner f War Association in memory of her husband Bill. - HB Today Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 June 2018 - Gisborne Herald - Nov 2016
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • References
    • 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
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.73 AWMM

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06 June 2018Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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