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Mary Beatrice Beswick

Ministering angels in time of suffering: the New Zealand nurses who will tend our wounded heroes on the hospital ship Maheno and at the base hospitals. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 15 July 1915 p047. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150715-47-3. No known copyright. Photo taken on the Parliamentary Library steps of the third contingent of 69 passenger nurses and 13 NZHS Maheno Nurses led by Matron Evelyn Brooke seated centre front row. Nurses identified are: 1st Row: --,--,--, H. Burton, L. Brandon, E. Brooke, L. McNie, I. Willis, M. Muir, --,--. 2nd row, M. Looney, --, M. Rogers*, M. Brown* M. Jeffrey, J. Erwin, --, R. (D?) Horton, --,--, I. Clark*,--, 3rd row, A. Whitta, 7th M. Ellis, 8th J. James, --, A. Philpotts. 4th row, Right end M. Beswick (V neck white blouse), C. Hawkins, to right of nurse with large white collar. 5th row Edmondstone behind C. Hawkin's left shoulder. Nurses lost when the Marquette was torpedoed are noted with an aterisk and otehrs not identified but part of this contingent are, N. M. Hildyard, H. Isdell, M. Jamieson, M. Rae and L. Rattray. Nurses identified by S. McNabb.

Ministering angels in time of suffering: the New Zealand nurses who will tend our wounded heroes on …


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    Mary Beatrice AWMM
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    Beswick AWMM
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    WWI 22/102 AWMM
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    Female AWMM
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    18 August 1884 AWMM
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    Mrs Bertha Beswick, Wansbeck Street, Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


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    WWI 22/102 AWMM
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    WW1 Nurse AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 53 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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