Clara Edwards AWMM
Also known as
WWI 22/67 AWMM
3 November 1882 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Auckland NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 December 2016 - Military Record & Newspaper Reports
daughter of Francis & Elizabeth Edawards CHERRY Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 December 2016 - Military Record & Newspaper Reports
Address before enlistment
Pre 20 May 1915 AWMM Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Nurse at Narrow Neck Camp in Auckland Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 December 2016 - Military Record & Newspaper Reports
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs Elizabeth Edwards Cherry (mother), Wynyard Grove, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 21 May 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Sister Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 December 2016 - Military Record
Nurse Badge Number: 1351 (1913)
Worked in 21 General Hospital, Alexandria
His Majesty's Hospital Ship, Egypt 8 May 1916
Disembarked from His Majesty's Ship, Egypt at Port Said on 10 December 1916.
Attached to 26 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, from 12 - 20 December 1916.
Embarked from Alexandria in His Majesty's Hospital Ship, the SS Marama on 21 December 1916.
Disembarked in England on 2 January 1917. Reported to the NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch on 2 January 1917.
Transferred to 3rd NZ General Hospital, Codford on 8 March 1917.
Posted to 2 NZ Hospital, Walton-on-Thames on 23 September 1918.
Sent to the NZ Nurses's Convalescent Home, Brighton on 5 February 1919.
Embarked for passage from Plymouth on Her Majesty's NZ Troopship 'Tainui' on 18 March 1919.
Disembarked in NZ on 30 April 1919.
The extract below is from the Nurses Journal "Kai Tiaki", Volume 10, No 1. January 1917, page 8. 'Sister Cherry, whose interesting sketch of Hospital Train duty, appears in another column, writes from the Persian Gulf. Her ship has been to France taking wounded men over to England, and after a great rush in September had returned to the Persian Gulf. Sister says : "I shall never forget our first trip up the "Gulf" as long as I live. We lay at anchor 73 miles from Basia, a calm sea, blazing sun, not a sound of life except the crowds of sharks swimming round and round us, a purple haze over everything.
Three days later a smaller ship arrived and we exchanged passengers - our strong healthy Scotch Canadian doctors for 500 worn out men-boys of all ages, living skeletons : enteric, dysentry, cholera, malaria, heat stroke had done their work. How the boys live at all I do not know. I found myself unable to remain below in the ward for more than an hour at a stretch. Then I gained the deck - face like fire, clothes wet to my apron and simply gasping for air. Patients and crew collapsed one after another. The ship circled and turned, endeavouring to force air through the ports. How thankful we were to reach Bombay, even though thunder and lightning greeted us. Now we are at the"Bar' the intense heat has gone."'
The Auckland Museum Library manuscripts collection contains papers relating to Cherry's war service (MS 2006/4).
Marama then transfer to Moldavia for Suez. Ship name "Marama" from The Evening Post, May 23, 1915 listing the nurses and officers on the passenger list. Transfer to Moldavia. AWMM
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- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 122 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
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 3: Includes portrait 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
|10 December 2016||Lorraine M||Gisborne, NZ||Researcher||
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