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Emily May Nutsey

Notable Events in Nursing History - The First Fifty Nurses sent with the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces [April 1915]. Archives New Zealand R13235489. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Notable Events in Nursing History - The First Fifty Nurses sent with the New Zealand Expeditionary F …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Emily May AWMM
  • Surname
    Nutsey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Mary AWMM
    • Emily Mary Nustey AWMM
    • Emily Mary Nutsey AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 22/40 AWMM
    • WWII 38554 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 June 1887 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Saint Helen's Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Saint Helen's Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Sophia Nutsey (mother), Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs R.J. Hunt (sister), Onewa Road, Northcote, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 8 April 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 11 October 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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    • Daughter of Sophia and Joseph Nutsey.

      Emily Nutsey went to Northcote School and trained as a midwife at Auckland Hospital.

      When Hester McLean gained Government approval in 1915 to set up the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, Emily Nutsey was one of the first to enlist and was in the first group of nurses to go to Europe.

      Emily Nutsey's middle name is incorrectly spelled "Mary" on the nominal roll.
      Emily returned to New Zealand in 1918 after serving in Egypt 1915 -16 and England 1916 -19.

      On her return she continued nursing, working with tubercular patients in the Waipukurau Sanatorium.

      In 1923 and 1924 she worked for the Red Cross in South Africa and she was awarded a Jubilee Medal in 1935 and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1937.

      When the Second World War started she was Matron-in-Chief of the Army Nursing Service and supervised nurses in Alexandria, Egypt. She received the Royal Red Cross (first class) for her work.

      She retired to New Zealand after the war and continued to support the Red Cross and RSA groups on Auckland's North Shore.

      In 1949 the Northcote Borough Council named Nutsey Avenue in her honour.

      Two of Joseph's children served in WW1: Charles Nutsey (65440) kia and Emily Mary Nutsey (22/40 38554) who served in both WW1 and WW2. AWMM
    • Sophia and Joseph also had another daughter Alice Helen Nutsey. Annie Wright Nutsey and Joseph Nutsey's son was Charles Nutsey. Joseph and Sophia Nutsey are both buried at Pompallier Cemetery, Birkenhead, Anglican Cemetery Block C Plot 41. Public - Gina - Researcher - 22 March 2015 - I have been researching the families buried at Pompallier Cemeteries as I have been working alongside Kaipatiki Community Trust to upgrade the local cemeteries. The information of Emily's birth is from Births Deaths and Marriage. Emily's birth ref is 1887/2525, her sister Alice is ref 1888/9413 and Charles is ref 1883/8017.
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About death

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  • Death
    4 July 1953 AWMM
    Age 66 AWMM
    NorthcoteNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Pompallier Cemetery, junction of Pupuke Road and Glenfield Road and Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial street name: Nutsey Avenue, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • New Zealand Returned Army Nursing Sisters Association (Auckland) honours board, RSA Onehunga, Auckland AWMM

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  • Our Great Great Aunt Emily May Nutsey was a woman of great courage. She lost her elder brother Charles to the Great War, and never married. She was a staff nurse in WW1 and later Matron in chief in WW2. You made a difference, with your calm steady ways and understanding leadership. Warm thoughts and blessings with you. Moana
    Public - Moana - Other Relative - 21 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 545 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      43: 21 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 355 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
    • Unknown, photographer (1915-1916). [Agnes (Peggy) Williams photograph album]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2017-2-3. AWMM
    • Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: Watkins. AWMM
      Volume 36, Issue 12, Dec, 1943. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
21 April 2015Moana Tauranga, New ZealandOther Relative
22 March 2015GinaGlenfield Auckland New ZealandResearcher

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