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Mildred Doris Jackson

Portrait, Staff Nurse Mildred Doris Jackson, January 1917. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Staff Nurse Mildred Doris Jackson, January 1917. - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mildred Doris AWMM
  • Surname
    Jackson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Deller AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/406 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 February 1889 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Goddard Jackson (brother), 3 Macky Street, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
    • Goddard Jackson (brother), 3 Mackay Street, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
    • Goddard Jackson (brother), 3 Mackay Street, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 19 January 1917 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 20 October 1917 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 28 February 1918 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 3 January 1917 AWMM
      Age 27 AWMM
      Nurse AWMM
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Nurse AWMM
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM Nurse AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 3.5 inches AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Atrophy of liver caused by obstructive jaundice AWMM

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  • Wife of William Charles Deller married 1920.

    The following is a summary of Sister Mildred Jackson's service aboard HS Maheno: embarkations from Port Chalmers, New Zealand:

    19 January 1917 - 3rd Charter

    20 October 1917 - 4th Charter

    28 February 1918 - 4th Charter, 2nd Sailing

    Disembarkations at Port Chalmers, New Zealand:

    22 September 1917 - 3rd Charter

    31 January 1918 - 4th Charter

    17 June 1918 - 4th Charter, 2nd Sailing

    A short biography written by Lois Harvey (née Deller) her daughter on 27 July 2003: "The hospital ship Maheno played such an important and significant role in my Mother's life after having served as an Army Staff Nurse during three of the ship's voyages during World War I, that when she married my Father, William Charles Deller in Auckland in August 1920 and set up house in Carterton, they called their home Maheno. That is where I was born in 1923 and my Brother Bill in 1926.

    My Father had a small herd of pedigree Milking Shorthorns, and they too, were known as the Maheno Stud. Probably about 1929 I remember very clearly going down to a Wellington wharf with my Mother especially to see the Maheno when she was in port. There up on the deck my Mother spotted a Steward who immediately recognised her, and we were invited to go on board. That was a very special encounter. They chatted happily and reminisced about their war experiences for quite some time, which gave my Mother a great deal of pleasure. Sadly that would have been the last time she saw her beloved ship.

    Although I was not yet eight years old when my Mother died, I also remember some of her stories about the years she spent nursing – the long hours they worked, including scrubbing the floors in the wards at night, and the rolling of yards and yards of bandages etc.

    I also know that Mother was at the Trentham Military Camp for a time, (probably after her time at sea), because my Father once showed me the hotel where he would take her for a meal when he was able to get down to see her, and The Tin Hat was the venue for meetings at Tauherenikau while my Mother was at the Featherston Military Camp. Incidentally, she was there during the terrible influenza epidemic in 1918 when so many lost their lives.

    After she was married she enjoyed nursing and helping friends and neighbours when they were ill. I remember some of these instances. Her untimely death on 27th November 1930 was a tragic blow to family and friends alike."

    The following is a transcription (with corrections added by the family) of an obituary that appeared in the Wairarapa Daily News[?] on 27 November 1930: "The sad news reached [Carterton] this morning of the death in the Masterton Hospital of Mildred Doris Deller, wife of Mr W.C. Deller, of Carterton, in her 41st year. Deceased lady [Mrs Deller] was born at Wadestown, Wellington, and with her parents the late Mr and Mrs G. Jackson, came to live in the Wairarapa in her early girlhood.

    The family took up their residence in Greytown, Mr Jackson, who had been on the Government Printer's staff at Wellington, being employed at the "Wairarapa Standard" office, which was then owned by Mr W.F. Roydhouse.

    Later deceased lady [Mrs Deller] entered the nursing profession, and prior to the outbreak of war, occupied the position of Home Sister at the Auckland Hospital.[In a letter written to the Auckland Museum in October 2003, Lois Harvey notes that her mother became a Registered Nurse on 1 December 1915, well after war was declared in 1914.]

    When war was declared against Germany, she enlisted with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, making two [three] trips in the Maheno, and afterwards taking up duty at the Military Camps at Trentham and Tauherenikau, being at the latter camp during the terrible time of the influenza epidemic in 1918.

    She married in 1920, and came to reside in Carterton, where her happy disposition and energy in all good works speedily won her a place in the affectionate esteem of many friends, who will sincerely mourn her death.

    She had only been ill less than a month, and serious complications arose only in the past two days. She was admitted to the Masterton Hospital on Tuesday, but sank and passed peacefully away at 1.30 o'clock [1.30 a.m.] this morning.

    She leaves a widower and two young children, Lois and Will [Bill], to whom the sympathy of a very wide circle of friends from all parts of the Wairarapa will be extended.

    Listed at Archives New Zealand as JACKSON, Mildred Doris - [a.k.a. DELLER, Mildred Doris] - WW1 22/406 - Army AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 November 1930 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
    MastertonWairarapa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Clareville Cemetery, Chester Road, Clareville, Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM Plot 67 (buried in "Deller" plot with 8 other members of the family) AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Wairarapa Daily News[?], 27 November 1930. The funeral is appointed for Saturday next, and prior to the service at the graveside a short service will be held in St. Mark's Church." 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      50: 2 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      73: 2 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      79: 8 AWMM
    • Drew, H.T.B. (1923). The war effort of New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z. Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
      pp. 127-137. AWMM
    • NZ Railways Magazine AWMM
      S.S. Maheno, NZ Railways Magazine, 2 November 1936, pp. 49-51 AWMM
    • Wairarapa Daily News AWMM
      Death notice: Wairarapa Daily News[?], 27 November 1930. 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
    • 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. 3: Includes portrait 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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