Mabel Elizabeth AWMM
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WWI 22/133 AWMM
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Unknown AWMM Palmerston North Hospital, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
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Thomas Jamieson (father), Kumara, Westland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 10 July 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
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- Mabel Jamieson was the daughter of Frances Jamieson and Thomas Jamieson, of Church St., Kumara, Greymouth.
She was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.
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
- I am writing a short family history of my Great Aunt, Mabel Elizabeth Jamieson, who drowned on the Marquette on 23 October 1915. I have a record of her birth date as 21 July 1881, Reg 2656 at Greymouth, NZ. One of my cousins, Lorna Wilson, a teacher at St Andrews, Christchurch, did an Ancestry search of the Jamieson and Wilson families in 1986. There is a picture of Mabel Jamieson in the book by Peter Rees, "The Other Anzacs, Nurses at War, 1914-18" Public - Lorraine - Other Relative - 10 February 2015 - Family papers; The Other Anzacs, Nurses at War, 1914-18 by Peter Rees, Allen & Unwin, 2008
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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
- Kumara Memorial Hall, Seddon Street, Kumara, Westland District, New Zealand AWMM
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Mabel Elizabeth Jamieson
I AM THE GREAT NIECE OF MABEL. MY GRANDMOTHER, EDITH ALICE JAMIESON WAS HER SISTER.THE MEMORIA L PLAQUE FROM KUMARA HOSPITAL WAS GIVEN BY ME TO THE NURSES MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT CHRISTCHURCH HOSPITAL FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES.
MY COUSIN LORRAINE WILSON HAS MADE AN ERROR IN THINKING THAT MY SISTER LORNA WILSON IS DECEASED.SHE IS INFACT STILL WORKING ON OUR FAMILY HISTORY. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS ANOTHER SISTER WHO WAS ALSO A NURSE, BARBARA WHO DIED AS THE RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT IN 1968.
MY FATHER FRANCIS JAMIESON WILSON WAS A DOCTOR IN WESTPORT UNTIL HIS DEATH AND TWO OF HIS CHILDREN WERE NURSES.
Public - FRANCES JOAN BURKETT (NEE WILSON) - Other relative - 9 May 2016
I have only recently learned from my cousin Sandra that Mabel was our great-great-aunt; Mabel's brother Thomas married our great-grandmother. The nurses' memorial chapel in Christchurch has always been a special place to me. But now it is more special. A hospital ship should have been provided for the medical and nursing staff on the Marquette. We will remember them.
Public - Philippa - Other Relative - 24 May 2015
In February I wrote a short family history of my Great Aunt, Mabel Elizabeth Jamieson, who drowned in the Marquette disaster on 23 October 1915. A cousin, Lorna Wilson, and a teacher at St Andrews, Christchurch, had prepared an Ancestry search of the Jamieson and Wilson families in 1986. Sadly she died in a car accident shortly after. This note is to honour her and Great Aunt Mabel whose memory was kept alive as part of our family's oral history by my father, George Wilson, who moved to Australia from NZ after WWII. Now remembered, never forgotten.
Public - Lorraine Wilson - Other Relative - 22 April 2015
My great grandmother, Lydia, was married to Mabel's brother, Thomas. They named their daughter after Mabel, but she grew up being called "Dolly". Lydia's only brother, Stephen Charles Hartley, was killed in the Battle of the Somme on 15 October 1916. The deaths of a beloved sister and brother would have brought much sorrow to the family. "Thank you for sacrificing your today to give us a tomorrow in a better world. We will never forget"
Public - Sandra - Other Relative - 21 April 2015
In memory of Mabel Elizabeth Jamieson on behalf of nurses and midwives on the West Coast. We will remember you always.
Public - Karyn - 25 March 2015
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- Military personnel file
- Army General Staff file, Territorial Force 1915 - 1917
- Army General Staff file, Territorial Force 1915 - 1917
- 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.
- Registration 7907
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 364 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. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). 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
|05 August 2016||Alastair||Auckland||Other relative||
|09 May 2016||FRANCES JOAN BURKETT (NEE WILSON)|| NEW ZEALANDCHRISTCHURCH||Other relative||
|12 July 2015||Wendy||Palmerston North||Researcher||
|28 April 2015||Joseph||Taupo, New Zealand||Researcher||
|22 April 2015||Lorraine Wilson||Canberra, Australia||Other Relative||
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