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Margaret Rogers

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Margaret AWMM
  • Surname
    Rogers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Margaret Rogers AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/175 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Thomas Rogers (father), Wainui, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/175 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Nurse AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Drowned AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Margaret Rogers was the daughter of Thomas Rogers of Beach Rd., Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand.

    Margaret Rogers was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.

    The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonica Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles. The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy on 22 October and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she had sunk. Nurses lost their lives in the evacuation as lifeboats tipped over as they were lowered into the sea, some boats falling on others, with some being left on the ship and going down with her. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1915 AWMM
    Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece AWMM 1833 AWMM
    • Wainui Cemetery, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury AWMM Plot 107 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Staff Nurse Margaret ROGERS, 22/175, her body was found in a lifeboat by a Royal Navy minesweeper, was identified by her wrist-watch, was buried in the Mikra British Cemetery, grave 1833, in Salonika, eight kilometres south of Thessaloniki, in the municipality of Kalamaria, Greece where she had a naval funeral. Many girls, nurses, often had their name etched on the back of their fob watches. Staff Nurse Rogers trained at Christchurch in 1911 -1915. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 16 January 2016 -
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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Nurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England AWMM

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  • Remembering Margaret 100 years when she posted her last letter home and then boarded the Marquette -On the 19 October 1915, Margaret posted her last letter home “There is no romance about war; it spells suffering, hunger, filth. How thankful I am every day that I came to do what I could to help relieve our brave boys”. Later that day along with 35 other nurses they climbed the “steep, steep gangway” to board the grey British transport ship the H.M. Marquette. In total there were 741 personnel and 541 animals on board. Sadly 10 nurses didn't survive, Margaret was on of them. Margaret wrote this song on the Maheno's voyage from NZ to Egypt July/Aug 1915. The Nurses of New Zealand We’re here tonight in force – The Nurses of New Zealand, We welcome you of course, the Soldiers of our free land, We know we can rely on your nice discrimination, And trust tonight’s good-natured fun, Will win
    Public - Cheryl Lorene - Other relative - 19 October 2015



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27 April 2023NanetteChristchurchOther
23 February 2019AllanRotoruaResearcher
16 January 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
19 October 2015Cheryl LoreneChristchurchOther relative

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