Alice Maud Martin

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Western Mail 12 May 1916
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
Place of Birth Canning Mills, Western Australia
Death 7 Jun 1987
Place of Death Wimbleton, England
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 4 months
Description none provided
Occupation Staff Nurse
Religion Church of England
Address Kelmscott, Western Austtralia
Next of Kin Mother Mrs Rosena Sarah Martin (nee Markewell)
Military Information
Date of Enlistment 25 May 1915
Rank Sister
Unit/Formation 1st Australian General Hospital Rouen Also used on hospital transports to England and Australia.
Date of Embarkation 25 Jun 1915 - 18 Jul 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A62 Wandilla
Fate Married and Discharged in UK 25 Mar 1918
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (South panel)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

After three years training, and prior to enlistment, Alice had worked as a Staff Nurse at Perth Public Hospital for 7 months, a Staff Nurse at the District Hospital Meekatharra for 6 months, and had been a private nurse for 9 months.

War Service

Appears to have acted as staff on the voyage to Port Suez aboard HMAT A62 Wandilla. Her AIF enlistment papers were signed in Heliopolis, Egypt after she had completed transport duties on 18 Jul 1915. After a period in Egypt with the Australia Army Nursing Service she entered France on 6 Apr 1916 via Marseilles.

She served with the 1st Australian General Hospital (1AGH) until 1 Feb 1918, other than a short detachment to the Meerut (later designated No 25 British General Hospital) in Dannes-Camiers.

Alice was ill with Influenza twice in 1916, and again in early 1917. On the third occasion she was evacuated to No 3 General Hospital Brighton in England on HMHS Aberdonian from Rouen, returning to France on 3 Mar 1917.

She went on leave to the UK on 29 Jan 1918 and remained there on completion of her leave, resigning with effect 25 Mar 1918 aged 29 as she was married on that day at Aldershot Holy Trinity Church Southampton, to Frederick William Warden Pickance (a 34 year old Captain in the Royal Engineers). Fred's father was listed as Colonel, Madras Staff Corps, and Alice's, a Gentleman.

Post War

Death Notice reports her as a widow (Frederick had died in Jun 1942), aged 75, living at 11a The Grange, Wimbledon, Surrey, having died on 23 Aug 1964.

Probate was granted to William Edwin Reginald Chamberlain, civil servant, on 11 November for a value of £7,999. No record of children found in UK.


Recruited from the Perth Public Hospital.

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