This book records, for the first time, biographies and stories about the nurses (both registered and unregistered) and chaplains with a Nelson/Tasman connection, who served in the First World War.
Recording the stories of the nurses and the chaplains with a Nelson/Tasman connection who served in the First World War, this book also provides in excess of 70 biographies, each of up to 6 pages.
The chapters have been organised to identify:
- Nurses who trained at Nelson Hospital
- Nurses born in Nelson but trained in other hospitals
- Other Nelson Tasman nurses in NZ Army Nursing Service and Australian Army Nursing Service
- Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve and Queen Mary’s Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.
- Voluntary Aid Detachment and Red Cross workers
- Fourteen Chaplains with a Nelson Tasman connection
To ensure context, an outline of the NZ Hospital Ships, The NZ Military Hospitals in England and the difference between the British Military Nursing and the formation of the NZ Army Nursing Service, is given. The book concludes with an explanation of the military honours and awards, acknowledgements, libraries and museum used as sources, internet sites used, a bibliography, a glossary, and an extensive index are also provided.
Sources used were extensive and included the world-wide-web, particularly databases on NZ War Memorial sites, and PapersPast which provided access to newspapers of the war period, The Colonist, Nelson Evening Mail and the NZ Nursing Journal Kai Tiaki. Another source extensively used were local cemeteries and records of the Nelson Branch NZ Society Genealogists.
Relatives were also interviewed where they could be identified and it was these people who provided wonderful photographs, and a priceless diary. The book consequently contains in excess of 90 photographs. Apart from one nurse, these stories have never been told.
The research was undertaken by nine NZ Society Genealogists Nelson branch members, all on a voluntary basis. As well we mentored a Nelson College for Girls pupil who wrote stories of two nurses.