Sister Nellie Constance MORRICE MBE, ARRC

MORRICE, Nellie Constance

Service Number: AANS
Enlisted: 21 November 1914, Place of enlistment - Sydney, New South Wales.
Last Rank: Head Sister
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
Born: Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia, 31 March 1881
Home Town: Sutton Forest, Wingecarribee, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia, 11 April 1963, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Wall of Remembrance (Southern Villages Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

21 Nov 1914: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN AANS, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Place of enlistment - Sydney, New South Wales.
28 Nov 1914: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN AANS, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, Embarked on HMAT 'A55' Kyarra from Sydney on 28th November 1914, disembarking Egypt in January 1915.
25 Jan 1915: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, Disembarking in Egypt 2 Australian General Hospital arrived at the Mena House Hotel, Cairo on 25 January 1915. Mena had been taken over the previous December by the Deputy Director of Medical Services to accommodate the sick of the First Australian Division. No 2 AGH also operated the Gezira Palace Hotel Hospital, Cairo. Morrice nursed at Gezira from June to September 1915.
19 Sep 1915: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, On 19 September Morrice was posted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital (ASH) on the island of Lemnos to nurse Australian and Allied wounded from Gallipoli.
1 Mar 1916: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
13 Oct 1916: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Detached for duty to the Australian Auxiliary Hospitals (AAH) in England, Morrice travelled on duty aboard the Hospital Ship Letitia, arriving in the United Kingdom in October. She was taken on strength by the recently opened 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford on 13 October; however she was soon posted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton.
15 Nov 1916: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Returning to Egypt before the evacuation of the Peninsula she was transferred to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia. (Note - the date is arbitrary as unable to ascertain from service record, however by 20th December 1915 all troops had been evacuated from Gallipoli).
11 Apr 1917: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), In April 1917, Morrice proceeded overseas to France where 3rd Australian General Hospital had relocated to Abbeville. This hospital operated from tents and huts and from May 1917 began to admit gassed patients and treating them briefly before sending them on.
5 Oct 1917: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), In October Morrice transferred to the 2400-bed 25th British General Hospital, Hardelot - Plage, France . Staffed by all Australian nurses under Matron Adelaide Maud Kellett, the hospital principally treated skin cases. During the concerted Allied offensives of August and September 1918, the hospital also functioned as a Casualty Clearing Station with theatres in constant use day and night.
3 Jun 1918: Honoured Royal Red Cross (2nd Class), 'in recognition of her valuable services with the Armies in France and Flanders'.
13 Nov 1918: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital
16 Jan 1919: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Morrice embarked for England from France in December 1918 for return to Australia. She travelled on duty as matron aboard HMAT 'A64' Demosthenes on 16th January 1919, disembarking in Melbourne on 2nd March 1919.
9 Jul 1919: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Head Sister, SN AANS, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)

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Biography

"Sister Morrice enlisted in the AIF on 21 November 1914, and embarked in the Kyarra on 28 November. After serving as head sister of No.1 Australian General Hospital (1 AGH), Heliopolis, Egypt, she was detached to No.1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, and then to No.3 AGH, both in England. Early in 1917 she was posted to the British Expeditionary Force in France; she later rejoined No.3 AGH at Abbeville. On 3 June 1918 Morrice was awarded the Royal Red Cross (2nd class) 'for valuable services with the Armies in France and Flanders'. She returned to Sydney and her appointment ended on 15 January 1919." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Daughter of David and Sarah MORRICE of 'Ealing' Sutton Forest, New South Wales.

Sister of Lieutenant J. MORRICE who served in the British Army.

 

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