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Elsye Mary Curtis

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  • Service number
    WWI 22/299 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Brooks AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • NZ Army Nursing service Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - Military Record
  • Last rank
    Inter War Sister AWMM
  • War
NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Elsye Mary AWMM
  • Surname
    Curtis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Brooks AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/299 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1887 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
    Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
    1883 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - BMD NZ Records
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    daughter of Robert Roland CURTIS & Alice Mary nee' ARROW Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - BMD NZ Records
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 17 January 1916 AWMM Miss Roby, Grey St, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Farmer's Wife & mother Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - Research
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Robert Roland Curtis (father), Pine Hill, Colyton, Feilding, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 25 January 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1919 - married Percy Frederic BROOKS in Feilding, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - BMD NZ Records

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    British War Medal
    Victory Medal Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - Military Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Gisborne Hospital Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - Research
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 January 1916 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Private Hospital Sister/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4.25 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 1 pound AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted for Cardiac dilation NZ Stationary Hospital 19.11.16 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Chronic Dyspepsia-Admitted 1 NZGH, Brockenhurst 9.12.16 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted Nurses Convalescent Home, Sandwich 9.12.16 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted NZGH Brockenhurst 13.1.17 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Invalided to NZ on H.S. Maheno ex Liverpool18.3.17 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Inter War 22 February 1919 AWMM
    Resigned AWMM
    Sister AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Staff Nurse at Featherston Camp April 1918

      Promoted to Sister 1918 AWMM
    • NURSING IN NEW ZEALAND: HISTORY AND REMINISCENCES
      Chapter XXXIX. — New Zealand Hospitals in England and France
      “Twenty-seven sisters and staff nurses left England on July 30th, 1916, to join the staff of the No. 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital at Amiens, France, some fifteen miles from the front line.

      “This hospital had been without sisters while in Salonika from the time of the Marquette disaster.

      “After a couple of days spent in Boulogne, the party was divided, one half going to a British hospital at Abbeville, and the other half to Amiens to the No. 1 Stationary Hospital.

      “The trip to Amiens took twelve hours instead of the customary four, owing to the bombing of the railway line just ahead of the train.

      “The hospital was in two buildings, the main portion of 350 beds was in part of a convent, ‘St. Famille,’ just above the station, where the more serious cases were admitted, and half in the Lycee Girls' School, a few blocks away, which could accommodate 380 beds. A little later a third school was opened as an officers' hospital, with 100 beds.

      “For nearly ten months the No. 1 Stationary Hospital was used as a casualty clearing station in conjunction with other British hospitals some distance out, and also for the serious cases from the barges on the Somme which could not travel.

      “From here, when work slackened, surgical teams, consisting of a surgeon, an anesthetist, a sister, and one, perhaps two, men, were sent up to casualty clearing stations for the big offensive. (ELSIE CURTIS WAS ONE OF THESE PEOPLE) It was here that Major A. A. Martin was brought when so desperately wounded.

      “The patients here were British, some fifty German prisoners and some Belgian soldiers.

      “After ten months at Amiens the Stationary Hospital was transferred to Hazebrouck with a bed status of 1,040, which occupied two schools and a field of tents. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-MacNurs-t1-body-d39.html
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    12 December 1942 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - the Ohingaiti Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
    52yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - the Ohingaiti Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
    Ohingaiti, Rangatikei, NZ. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - the Ohingaiti Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    the Ohingaiti Cemetery, Rangatikei, NZ. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 12 June 2016 - the Ohingaiti Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      15: 3 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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