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Elsie Prudentia Grey

Portrait of Elsie Prudentia Grey. Image kindly provided by the Holms/Startford/Simmons families (January 2020). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Elsie Prudentia Grey. Image kindly provided by the Holms/Startford/Simmons families (Jan …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Elsie Prudentia AWMM
  • Surname
    Grey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 22/356 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 August 1889 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 30 December 1916 AWMM Auckland Public Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Thomas Francis Grey (father), 23 Park Avenue, Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/356 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 30 December 1916 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Nurse AWMM
    LondonEngland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    2 December 1918 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Influenza AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Daughter of Mary Grey and Thomas Francis Grey.

    Proceeded to France February 1917.

    Elsie had tried to enlist earlier in the war however, the authorities said she should complete her qualifications first. After Elsie finished her training in 1915 she attempted re-enlist but was declined. Her uncle Charles Dovey who was Second in Charge at the New Zealand Stationary Hospital at Brockenhurst, invited to England to work with the Stationary Hospital. Along with her aunt Kate and a couple of other nurses they paid their own way to Britain to enlist. They sailed on the same ship as Prime Minister Massey and Sir Joseph Ward who were attending a conference in Britain. Elsie met the Prince of Wales in Hawaii in 1920, who worked with fellow nurse went to work in the US Military Hospital Fort Shafter, Honolulu as they were short of nursing staff suffering from effects of the Flu. - From the family.

    Elsie served alongside many of her family members including her brother Douglas Grey, Uncle Charles Dovey and Aunt Kate Dovey (VAD), as well as cousins Leslie Edmonson 41398, Grattan Grey 8/1105, Henry Ready 41997, Alan Wilkin 3/1371, Cleverley Wilkin 87536, George Wilkin M81933, Charles Grey and her brother in law Walter Stratford 10/256. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 November 1949 AWMM
    Age 62 AWMM
    AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Waikumete Crematorium, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Scattered AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    New Zealand Returned Army Nursing Sisters Association (Auckland) honours board, RSA Onehunga, Auckland AWMM

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13 September 2016MarkNZ akldDirect descendant

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