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Ethel Watkins Taylor

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New Zealand nurses on board the Rotorua, during World War I. Ref: PAColl-0321-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22881884. New Zealand nurses on board the Rotorua, during World War I. Sister Anderson is missing. Top row from left: Sisters Buckley, Wright, E J Harris, Nixon, Moore, Lowe, Siddells, Gibbon, Searell, Commons, Ingram. Next row: Sisters Scott, Mitchell, Fricker, Wilson, Curties, Davies, Sutherland, Samson, Chalmer, Cormack, Speedy, Dodds. 3rd row (standing): Sisters Bennett, Vida McLean, Young, Wilkie. 4th row: Sisters Foote, Crook, Livesay, Price, Edith Harris, Burke, Matron-in-chief Miss McLean, Clark, Nutsey, Captain Sutcliffe, Wilson, Matron Nurse, Butter, Bird, Pengelly, Stewart. Front: Sisters Inglis, Miller, McBeth, Smailes, Taylor (only face showing), Calder, Barnett. Taken by an unknown photographer on May 16 1915. Inscriptions: Verso - top centre - Group on boat deck of N.Z.S.S. Coup "Rotorua" May 16th 1915; Verso - centre - [Numbers corresponding to name list]; Verso - bottom centre - Nassau [illegible] / Miss Curtis, [illegible] Capt Denham, Nurse / [illegible], Nurse Davies - at Pyramids - June 26th 1915
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ethel Watkins AWMM
  • Surname
    Taylor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ethel Watkins-Taylor AWMM
    • Pritchard AWMM
    • Watkins AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/47 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
    Ngā Puhi AWMM
  • Hapū
    Te Hikutu Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 18 May 2016 - Reserach
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 18 May 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    daughter of Ratahi Madgeline Taylor (widow of Watkins) and stepdaughter of Colin MacKenzie Taylor Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 April 1915 AWMM Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Major C.M. Taylor, College Hill, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 8 April 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1921 married Alfred Pritchard in Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Wellington, Hawera & Christchurch Hospitals Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 18 May 2016 - Nursing Record
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 April 1915 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    35yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 18 May 2016 - estimated from birth/enlistment dates

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Biographical information

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    • Daughter of Madeline (Magdaline) Cochrane and Bazett (Barrett) Watkins. Wife of Albert Pritchard, married 5 July 1921.

      Served 4 years 78 days in WW1.

      Joined Legion of Frontiersmen around 1916 and was awarded long-service medal in 1949

      Awarded the MBE in 1949

      Name changed from Ethel Watkins to Ethel Watkins Taylor after 1902. Portrait in DNZB. Listed by Kai Tiaki as Ethel Watkins-Taylor.

      One of the few Nurses of Māori descent serving in WWI. AWMM
    • 1921 - Sister Ethel Watkins Taylor is resigning her position as Native Health Nurse at Te Karaka, on account of her approaching marriage - Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume XIV, Issue 2, April 1921, Page 101
    • 1919 - Among those who arrived on the Ripple yesterday morning was Sister Ethel Watkins Taylor, who left with the first drafts of 50 nurses from New Zealand in 1915. She has returned after four years service, and was awarded the 1915 decoration. She is the guest of Mr and Mrs Hewitt, Fox street. Sister Watkins Taylor's first appointment was to the 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, and in the course of her experiences she was for a time engaged on hospital ships, and on one occasion witnessed a fight between a submarine and a transport. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14925, 31 May 1919, Page 2
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    84yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block RSA; Plot 178; Warrant # 10923 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 November 2015 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Obituary
    Obitiuary: Gisborne Herald, 20 July 1968 p. 8 AWMM
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