19 October 2015
Remembering Margaret 100 years when she posted her last letter home and then boarded the Marquette -On the 19 October 1915, Margaret posted her last letter home “There is no romance about war; it spells suffering, hunger, filth. How thankful I am every day that I came to do what I could to help relieve our brave boys”. Later that day along with 35 other nurses they climbed the “steep, steep gangway” to board the grey British transport ship the H.M. Marquette. In total there were 741 personnel and 541 animals on board. Sadly 10 nurses didn't survive, Margaret was on of them. Margaret wrote this song on the Maheno's voyage from NZ to Egypt July/Aug 1915.
The Nurses of New Zealand
We’re here tonight in force – The Nurses of New Zealand,
We welcome you of course, the Soldiers of our free land,
We know we can rely on your nice discrimination,
And trust tonight’s good-natured fun,