Helena Kathleen AWMM
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WWI 22/130 AWMM
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WW1 Matron, Kumara Hospital, Westland, New Zealand AWMM
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WW1 Miss Isabell Isdell (sister), Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
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- Helena Isdell was the daughter of Mrs. H. C. Isdell, of Preston Road., Greymouth.
Helena Isdell was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.
Typo on the Nominal Roll, she was Matron at Kumara; Kumeroa did not have a hospital. The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonica Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles. The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy that night and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she sank. Nurses lost their lives in the evacuation as lifeboats tipped over as they were lowered into the sea, some boats falling on others, with some being left on the ship and going down with her. AWMM
- Staff Nurse Isdell's brother Private Charles Creagh Isdell (1883-1917) born Barrytown, Westland, New Zealand - served with the Canadian Forces : Canadian Service # 761027; Canadian Infantry, British Columbia Regiment, 29th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces. Private Isdell died of wounds - 13 April 1917 - at France or Belgium. He was 34 years of age. Refer his military profile on this website. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 4 December 2017 - Military file of Private Charles C. Isdell - AWMM & Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
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- Mikra Memorial, Greece AWMM
- Nurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
- Memorial bed, 1916, Kumara Hospital, Westland AWMM
- Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England AWMM
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- Rogers, A. (2006, 27 October). In Loving Memory: The Nurses’ Memorial Chapel, Christchurch, New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Vol 119, no. 1244.
- New Zealand Military Nursing: New Zealand Army Nursing Service - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps.
- Memorials. Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume IX, Issue 1, January 1916, Page 9
- York Minster, Five Sisters Window. In memory of overseas nurses. (1925, 3 July). Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, p. 140.
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 359 AWMM
- New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day 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. 1: 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
- Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
p. 197 AWMM
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