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Emma Louise Bennett

Nurses New Zealand General Hospital Cairo. Identification of nurses in photograph from scrapbook re. Cora B. Roberton (nee Anderson) [Box 9] as follows: Front row (l to r); Army Officers, Harvey (C45411), Wallis (C57814), Armitage (C37550), unknown, Rev.Mackenzie-Gibson (C44054), Sir Louis Edward Barnett (84270), Matron Bertha Nurse (C51995), DDMS Parkes (C52502), Maguire (C50070), Bowerbank (38870), Scott (C54777), Hogg (C46114), Curtis (C41545), Fergus (C43098). 2nd row, Sisters J. James (C46866), C. Doneghue (C42186), A. Stephenson (C56044), M. Boyd (C35775), M. Affleck (C34793), I. Bennett (C122051), V. MacLean (C49742), E. Wilson (C58809), I. Willis (C58742), E. McAllum (C48816), M. Ellis (C42775), M. McBeth (C48861), R. Fanning (C42986) and M. Mitchell (C51001). 3rd row, Sisters, J. Naismith (C51617), K. Carter (C40108 or C40109), A. Philpotts (C53000), A. Holmwood (C46198), K. Booth* (C35703), I. Stewart (C56157), D. Commons (C40846), C. Anderson (C34725), A. Williams (C58599), E. Porteous (C53175), I. Gordon Boyd (C38912), L. Newell (C51759), K. Kitching (C47825), Mary Anderson (C34827). 4th row, Sisters, M. Samson (C54602), A. Whitta (C58458), N. Hughes* (C69328), W. Brook-Lees (C35782) and 5th row, M. Hobbs (C46049), K. Welch (C58191). *visiting from Aotea Convalescent Home. Mackrell, Brent. Papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2003-107. Image has no known copyright restrictions. Copy of image also found in Colin M. Gordon Album PH-ALB-376-p25-2. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

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    Emma Louise AWMM
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    Bennett AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

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  • Louise Bennett trained at Christchurch and received her certificate of Competence on 13 October 1898. She received Nurses Registration Certificate No. 94 in March 1902. She was living at 27 Mulgrave Street, Wellington at the time, working in Private nursing.

    Sydney Morning Herald, 2nd July (no year, likely 1920 or 1921). "Miss Louise Bennett, who is at present staying at the Edith Cavell Home for Nurses, Summer Hill, is among the women who gave signal service as a nurse to the Empire during the Great War. The official recognition that Miss Bennett received for such service includes the Royal Red Cross, the 1914 Star, the General Service Medal, the Victory Medal, La Reconnaissance Francaise, Belgian Army Souvenir Medal “Souvenir aux Infirmieres and the Belgian Medallion.

    Miss Bennett was in Paris when war broke out. She returned to England, joined up with Lord Kitchener's troops, and later was with a Red Cross unit at a clearing station at Calais.

    For the next five years Miss Bennett's life was lived in the midst of war, and the aftermath of war. She was at Wimereux, then later on the Gloucester Castle which she joined shortly after the landing at Gallipoli, and remained with until after the evacuation. The Gloucester Castle conveyed wounded men from Gallipoli to Malta, Alexandria, and made one trip to England. The ship went up close to the beaches, and within range of fire. Miss Bennett's recollection of those days is linked with her memory of many Australian and other dominion troops.

    Miss Bennett became matron of the Khedival Clearing Station for nurses at Alexandria a little later in her career. Her health gave way after she had been some time at this work, and she returned to England, where, after a rest, she engaged in hospital ambulance work, and travelled many thousands of miles in the British Isles. Another period of service at Alexandria, and as acting matron of the Citadel Hospital at Cairo filled in the later years.

    After the war Miss Bennett was matron of the hospital at St. Helena. She had been in New Zealand for some time before her arrival in Sydney." AWMM
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    • 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
    • Colin M. Gordon Album (1915-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-ALB-376. AWMM
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