Marion Sinclair AWMM
Also known as
WWI 22/104 AWMM
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TORPEDOED TRANSPORT - Loss of the Marquette
Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 16 January 2016 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 13831, 3 November 1915, Page 3
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 6 June 1915 AWMM Waimatuku, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs J.S. Brown (mother), Waimatuku, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
5 foot 9 inches AWMM
- Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
11 stone 5 pounds AWMM
- Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
- Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
- Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
Very dark brown AWMM
- Other, Unknown Period AWMM
wears glasses AWMM
- Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
Marion Brown was the daughter of Mrs. J. S. Brown, of Waiuatuku, Southland.
She trained for nursing at Riverton.
Marion 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 Salonika 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 that night 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 sank. 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. Nurse Brown is said to have held hands with nurse Isabel Clark as they went into the sea.
Auckland War memorial Museum Scars on the Heart WWI " Nurses and Volunteers " display. Display item is a page of the Roll of Honour of those who died on active service. AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
- Mikra Memorial, Greece 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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Marion Sinclair Brown
Marion, I want you to be remembered by the nurses , not only in New Zealand, but in Southland, where your nursing career started. As a military nurse living in Invercargill, may we never forget your supreme sacrifice.
Public - Sally - Researcher - 7 July 2015
- New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 85 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
|19 September 2015||judi||Invercargill NZ /Ex Riverton||Researcher||
|07 July 2015||Sally||Invercargill, New Zealand||Researcher||
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