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Ella Kate Cooke

Unknown photographer, (n.d.) Ella Cooke. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. V.C. Cooper negatives: PH-1966-3. No known copyright restrictions

Unknown photographer, (n.d.) Ella Cooke. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. V.C. Coo …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ella Kate AWMM
  • Surname
    Cooke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/RESC/1266 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1881 BDM BDM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single 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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1914 AWMM Nurse AWMM
    LondonEngland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accident on tramway line, concussion of the brain and fractured skull AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended Grafton School, Auckland

    Received her nursing training at Auckland Hospital, completed in 1907

    Worked at Cook Hospital, Gisborne

    1912 worked Hawera Hospital, Taranaki

    In January 1914 appointed Native Health Nurse (employed by the Public Health Department), in Ngaruawahia.

    Was enroute to England aboard the Niagara, with her sister on a private visit in July 1914, when war was declared.

    In November 1914 she was one of 14 New Zealand nurses who travelled to France as volunteers to work with the French Flag Nursing Corps (FFNC). She remained in France for the next 8 months based at a hospital at Bernay

    A letter written from Bernay, France on the 31 December 1914 in partly reproduced in Kendall, S. (1990) p. 82

    Kendall writes Ella joined the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) and whilst serving attached to the 17 General Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt was accidentally killed when she stepped into the path of an oncoming train.

    Afforded a military funeral

    No. 17 General Hospital was in Alexandria, Egypt, situated in a large college with 1800 beds. This was a British Hospital. Twenty of the first NZANS (New Zealand Army Nursing Service) nurses were sent here. They slept in canvas tents.

    Auckland War Memorial Museum. Exhibition. 2008 "In Memory". Installation commissioned for the 90th Armistice anniversary. Curator, Peter Kirby.

    AWMM Auckland War Memorial Museum Scars on the Heart "Anzacs in Egypt 1914 - 18" display. Display item is a photograph of Ella Cooke and a quote by Ella Cooke. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 September 1917 AWMM
    AlexandriaLower Egypt AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM B. 25 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Kai Tiaki January 1918 p. 24 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Grafton School, Auckland, held in the Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • Rees. P. (2008). The other ANZACs: nurses at war, 1914-1918. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. AWMM
    • Cooke, Ella. Letters, 1914 - 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 94/36. AWMM
    • Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: Watkins. AWMM
      Obituary: Kai Tiaki January 1918 p. 24 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
    • Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
      p. 54, 88, 175-7 AWMM


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