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Jean Neill Erwin

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 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jean Neill AWMM
  • Surname
    Erwin AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    • WWI 22/117 AWMM
    • WWII 820409 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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  • Birth
    25 January 1890 AWMM FendaltonChristchurch AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1915 AWMM C/o Reverend Dr Erwin, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Reverend Dr Erwin (father), Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


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    WW1 1915 AWMM Nurse AWMM
    CanterburyNew Zealand AWMM
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  • Daughter of Esther and Robert Erwin.

    Two children, siblings, served in WW1: John Erwin ((6/953) and Jean Neill Erwin (22/117)

    Survivor from the Marquette. Unveiled a window in the Nurse's Memorial Chapel, Christchurch Hospital in 1968.

    In World War 2 she served as the commandant commandant, Southern Military District (South Island) of the New Zealand Women's Army Corps AWMM


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  • Death
    24 July 1969 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
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    Obituary: Christchurch Star, 26 July 1969 AWMM
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  • Dear Aunty Jean You were a lovely, kind and caring person and I loved visiting and staying with you in Dorset Street. It is only now I realise what a contribution you made to that terrible great war. You are remembered with love and respect. Your great niece Adrienne
    Public - Adrienne - Other Relative - 23 April 2015



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