Edith Marion Wilson

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Nursing Sisters 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital 1918. Edith is second from left in middle row.
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1876
Place of Birth Athlone, Country Westmeath, Ireland
Death 7 Nov 1955, aged 79
Place of Death Subiaco, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 40 years old
Description none provided
Occupation Nurse
Religion Church of England
Address 'Glen Innes', Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister Miss L. Wilson
Military Information
Date of Enlistment 10 May 1917
Rank Staff Nurse
Unit/Formation Nurses (July 1915 - Nov 1918) / Australian Army Nursing Service
Date of Embarkation 21 May 1917 - 19 Jul 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A24 Benalla
Date of Return 18 Jan 1919 - 23 Feb 1919
Ship Returned On HMHS Margha
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

Daughter of Samuel and Lavinia WILSON. Her father's family owned Wilson's Bobbin Company which was one the worlds largest producers of bobbins. The family also owned the Shannon Saw Mill in Athlone. The family returned to England before migrating to South Africa and later Australia and New Zealand.

Electoral Roll entries 1903 & 1905 at 22 Marlborough street, Perth, domestic services; 1910 she is a Lady's help in Stirling street, Bunbury; in 1912 & 1913 a nurse at the Fremantle Public Hospital; 1915 at Ord street, West Perth, nurse; 1916 & 1917 a nurse at the Public Hospital Meekatharra.

War Service

Enlisted at No 8 General Hospital in Fremantle, and sent immediately to England. Initial detachment on 19 Jul 1917 was to Hotel York, and then on 11 Aug 1917 to the Croydon War Hospital. Her next posting was on 22 Nov 1917 to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital (1AAH) at Harefield. 1AAH specialised in battle casualties, in particular amputees to be returned to Australia.

Between 5 - 13 Nov 1918 Edith was a patient in Southwall Gardens Hospital with bronchitis, and in Nov - Dec 1918 she was attached to St Albans Hospital before on 18 Jan 1919 when Edith was attached as a member of nursing staff aboard HMHS Margha returning to Australia. As Edith's records do not contain any entry relating to the period 24 Feb - 21 Dec 1919, we might assume she was attached to 8th Australian General Hospital in Fremantle. Her appointment was terminated by the 5th Military District on 21 Dec 1919.

Post War

Edith did not marry. Sunday Times 20 Aug 1919 reports a Nurse Emily Wilson (Edith's sister) from Armadale going to Blackboy Hill Camp to nurse influenza patients. She is listed in the 1920 Post Office Directory as nurse, Armadale.

Electoral Roll entries 1922 at No 8 AGH, Fremantle, nurse; 1931 - 1937 at Onslow cottage, Kalamunda, nurse; 1943 - 1949 at 125 Lawler street, Subiaco, retired.


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