LEHMAN, Aileen

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 17 July 1915
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Hospital Transport Corps
Born: Kooringa Burra South Australia, 14 May 1886
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Trained Nurse
Died: Victoria, Australia, 12 December 1953, aged 67 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

17 Jul 1915: Involvement Hospital Transport Corps
17 Jul 1915: Embarked Hospital Transport Corps, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
17 Jul 1915: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse
14 Sep 1919: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Aileen was 27 years old when she enlisted, in Egypt. She had trained and worked at the Melbourne General Hospital and also worked at the Albury Hospital. Aileen served in France and then had a few bouts of pleurisy. Aileen was sent back to Australia on medical grounds, as 'exposure to cold' made her condition worse and she Returned to Australia on July 17, 1917. On November 17 of the same year she married Cecil Paul Best at Kew. I believe it was a short lived marriage as by 1919 (according to the Electoral Rolls) Aileen (but not Paul) is listed with her address as care of her parents in Cranbourne and from 1924 she is living at various addresses in Malvern East with her sister, Norah and sometimes other family members. Aileen died in December 12, 1953 aged 68. The death notice in The Argus listed her as 'late first A.I.F' and the mother of Dr Jim Best and the grandmother of three and no mention of the husband.