Sister Ellen Jean IMLAY

IMLAY, Ellen Jean

Service Number: Sister
Enlisted: 20 March 1915, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Sister
Last Unit: 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, 15 April 1881
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Natural Causes, Sydney, NSW, 11 June 1978, aged 97 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1915: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister, SN Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service, Sydney, NSW
13 Apr 1915: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service, Nursing Sister, 1st Australian General Hospital, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
13 Apr 1915: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service, Nursing Sister, 1st Australian General Hospital, HMAT Kyarra, Sydney
20 May 1916: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service
7 Feb 1919: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister, SN Sister, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, Return to Australia due to illness

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The three enlisted children of Alexander William Imlay and Emma Carbery (née Woodlands) Imlay of Glebe, Port Sydney, New South Wales:-

Capt. Norman George Imlay MC (/explore/people/224303) - returned to Australia;

Lt. Col. Alexander Peter Imlay DSO & Bar (/explore/people/116644) - returned to Australia;

Sister Ellen Jean Imlay - returned to Australia.


'Ellen Jeanie Imlay was born on 15 April 1881, at Toowoomba, Queensland. Ellen, also like her two younger brothers, also evinced an interest in army work before the war: she trained at Coast Hospital as a nurse in Sydney and joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in 1912, transferring to the A.I.F. on 20 March 1915.

Ellen Imlay embarked for Egypt on 10 April 1915 as a staff nurse reinforcement for the 1st Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis. She served there until 19 March 1916 when she re-embarked on a hospital transport for Sydney, returning to Egypt in May. On 20 May she was appointed sister and further promoted to temporary matron for another trip to Australia on 10 July. Leaving Sydney on 7 October as temporary head sister in the Ceramic for service in England, she worked at the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, Kent, from 29 November until 8 January 1918 when she was transferred to France for service with the 2nd A.G.H. at Boulogne and later with various casualty clearing stations. In December she became ill and was invalided back to Sydney on 7 February 1919 and discharged in June. Miss Imlay retired from the A.A.N.S. Reserve in 1930 and later moved to Toowoomba, Queensland.

She lived in Sydney after her marriage to a retired public accountant Harry Ninham Gooch on 10 July 1945 at Mosman. In old age, alert and good-humoured and wearing her medals on Anzac Day, she recalled the lighter moments of her nursing experience at Heliopolis where the hospital was a disused amusement park and the troops slid down the slippery dips on their pillows. Predeceased by her husband, she died in Sydney on 11 June 1978.' SOURCE (