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Ethel Hannah Barnes

Showing a group portrait of 16 New Zealand nurses aboard the deck of the troopship R.M.S. 'Athenic', with one male army officer, and a small boy (in front row). As part of a fifth contingent of nursing staff, 25 nurses travelled on both the 'Athenic' and 'Opawa' to England, in 1916. Included in that contingent were Sisters Alice Haywood, E.F.Martin, E.Barnes, F.Hart, L.K.Scanlon, B.Watters, N.Mandeno, E.A.Parkinson, R.C.Makeig, N.Slater, E.E.Beattie, M.McGee, J.N.McGhie, A.C. McKerchar, S.G.Barr, I.C.Ancell, E.M.Fitzgerald, E.Beer, N.M.Jensen. [Note: it is not known which of these may be in this image]. The 'Athenic' disembarked from Wellington, New Zealand on 30th December, 1916, carrying the troops of the 2nd Draft, 20th Reinforcements, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A15887. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Showing a group portrait of 16 New Zealand nurses aboard the deck of the troopship R.M.S. 'Athenic', …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ethel Hannah AWMM
  • Surname
    Barnes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Spear AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/101 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 1915 AWMM Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
    • Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs E.W. Wise, Day's Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs E.W. Wise (sister), Day's Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 30 December 1916 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Invalided to new Zealand with heart strain. AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died after discharge from the NZEF AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Trained at Nelson Hospital, qualified 1914.

    Listed at Archives New Zealand as BARNES, Ethel - [a.k.a. SPEAR]

    Became Mrs Spear when she married serviceman Cyril Saunderson Spear AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    27 July 1923 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM Plot 013 Block 17 AWMM
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  • I am the granddaughter of Doris Constance McGinity who is the daughter of Helena Elizabeth Wise previously McGinity who is the sister of Ethel Hannah Spear nee Barnes. I am currently researching our family tree and came across this information. I am not only excited to read about a woman who is someone to be admired for her life and what she did with it but to also see photos and read documentation supporting her history is wonderful. I may not be her great grand daughter but I am proudly her great grand niece.
    Public - Lisa Michelle - Other relative - 30 December 2019
  • I am the granddaughter of Doris Constance McGinity who is the daughter of Helena Elizabeth Wise previously McGinity who is the sister of Ethel Hannah Spear nee Barnes. I am currently researching our family tree and came across this information. I am not only excited to read about a woman who is someone to be admired for her life and what she did with it but to also see photos and read documentation supporting her history is wonderful. I may not be her great grand daughter but I am proudly her great grand niece.
    Public - Lisa Michelle - Other relative - 30 December 2019

Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 35 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      49: 21 AWMM
    • Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: Watkins. 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
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM

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30 December 2019Lisa MichelleLancefield, AustraliaOther relative
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