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Susannah Josephine McGann

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel N.Z.A.N.S. (photo J Halpin 2010) - No known copyright restrictions

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    Trained in Maryborough Qld Aus. Buried In Toowong Cemetery Brisbane (15-31-16). Public - Glenda - Other relative - 25 April 2017 -
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    A heritage trail to commemorate the role of nurses, doctors and health professionals)
  • Forenames
    Susannah Josephine AWMM
  • Surname
    McGann AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 22/145 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 February 1880 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 July 1915 AWMM Care of Nurses' Club, Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.F. Maloney (sister), Edward Street, Mount Morgan, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Sinai & Palestine AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/145 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 July 1915 AWMM Nurse AWMM
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Medical history

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    Died after Discharge from Wounds Inflicted or Disease Contracted while on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM
    Death due to war service AWMM

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    10 June 1925 AWMM
    BrisbaneQueensland AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Daughter of John McGANN and Susannah Josephine nee GRIFFIN

    A large number of returned soldiers and nurses, as well as private friends, will learn with regret the death of Sister McGann, which occurred in the Diamantina Hospital, Brisbane, at 7 o'clock on Wednesday evening. The late Sister Susannah Josephine McGann was bom at Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland, and came to Australia in 1884 at a very early age. She received her first training as a nurse at the Maryborough Hospitall, and at the Lady Musgrave Hospital, Maryborough. On the completion of her training she was attached to the Bundaberg Hospital and the Chelmsford Hospital, Bundaberg, and later was matron of the Chilagoe Hospital. Sister McGann went to New Zealand in 1913, and there she enlisted in the New Zealand Army Nursing Staff in July 1915. She went over on the hospital ship Navasa, and was stationed in hospital in Alexandria. Here her services were mentioned in despatches. After the evacuation of the Peninsula, she was on the staff of the hospital ship Maheno, and on this vessel saw service in most of the various fighting zones, and many times made the journey between Basra and Bombay, conveying wounded soldiers to hospitals. For her invaluable service in this work she was again mentioned in despatches. From the frank of Staff Nurse, the deceased lady was promoted to Sister. Her decorations were - 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Mercantile Marine War Medal and Royal Red Cross with two ribbons. Her services abroad on active service caused chest trouble, which necessitated her retirement from the New Zealand Staff on May 1, 1918. She was the first Australian nurse to be enlisted for the New Zealand Staff during the war.

    Brisbane Courier Monday 15 June 1925 page 19 Public - Glenda - Other relative - 29 April 2017 - Brisbane Courier Monday 15 June 1925 page 19
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    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 447 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


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29 June 2020Keith LeslieNew Farm, Brisbane, AustraliaResearcher
29 April 2017GlendaNew Plymouth NZOther relative
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