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Ethel Tinkler-Smith

Group of Nurses, WW1 "Effie" is in the front row - far left. - This image may be subject to copyright

Group of Nurses, WW1 "Effie" is in the front row - far left. - This image may be subject to copyrigh …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ethel AWMM
  • Surname
    Tinkler-Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Effie AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 868 AWMM
    • WWII 5/1/422 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 December 1890 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 17 December 1942 AWMM C/o Mrs F. Mason, Saudon Rd, Feilding, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Miss E. Willis (cousin), Woodstone Village, County Durham, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    1927 WWII NZANS Roll
    Place of Nursing training and date of qualification / registration AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 17 December 1942 AWMM
    Age 51 AWMM
    Registered Hospital Nurse/Civilian 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with QAIMNS during WWI

    Trained at the Union Hospital, Sheffield, England 1926

    Charge sister at Papakura 29.10.1940 - 17.6.1943; the original certificate of appointment received by Ethel Tinkler-Smith on 24 November 1947 and signed by the Minister of Defence, F. Jones and Governor-General Freyberg, is deposited in the Manuscripts Collection of the Museum Library

    She served in New Zealand in World War II from 6.11.1940 - 7.7.1943

    Ethel's family (in England) have in their possession a book given to her in December 1941 by Sergeant B. Luks. A digital copy of the inscription in the front of the book is attached. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 May 1966 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Tinkler-Smith, Ethel. Certificate, 1940. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/135. AWMM
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
      Kendall, S. & Corbett, D. (1990). p. 163 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

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