Lalah Mary (Sally) BURKE

BURKE, Lalah Mary

Service Number: AANS
Enlisted: 20 May 1915, Place of enlistment -
Last Rank: Sister
Last Unit: 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital
Born: St Kilda, Melbourne Victoria, 1887
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: L'Avenir Ladies' College
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Melbourne, Victoria, 14 February 1956, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Ashes scattered
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World War 1 Service

20 May 1915: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN AANS, 1st Australian General Hospital, Place of enlistment -
17 Jun 1915: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN AANS, 1st Australian General Hospital, Embarked on HMAT 'A62' Wandilla from Melbourne on 17th June 1915, disembarking Egypt and proceeding to Heliopolis.
29 Mar 1916: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN AANS, 1st Australian General Hospital, In March 1916, following upon the decision that the A.I.F. should serve in France, the various A.A.M.C. units were ordered to close and pack up, their patients being transferred to the Auxiliary and other Hospitals. The 1st A.G.H., after a hurried departure from Heliopolis, with personnel and equipment for an establishment of 750 beds, embarked at Alexandria on 29th march 1916 upon H.M. Hospital Ship “Salta”. Arriving at Marseilles on April 5th the unit disembarked, and after a few days waiting for orders, proceeded by rail and arrived at Rouen on April 13th 1916;
20 Jan 1918: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station
12 Apr 1918: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Unspecified British Units, Saint-Omer, France
18 Apr 1918: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station
9 Sep 1918: Transferred 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, France
1 Oct 1918: Promoted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister
31 Dec 1918: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, 1st Australian General Hospital, Sister Lalah Burke was retained in England and transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, England
8 Feb 1919: Transferred Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England
25 Feb 1919: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN AANS, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Embarked on Balmoral Castle from Liverpool, England on 25th February 1919, disembarking Melbourne on 13th April 1919.
11 Jul 1919: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sister, SN AANS, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital

Pioneer Army Nurse Dies

Pioneer Army nurse dies

Mrs. Frederick Batchelder, who, as Sister L. M. (Sally) Burke, was the youngest member of the Australian Army Nursing Service with the First A.I.F., died at the weekend.

She embarked on the hospital ship Kyarra in 1915 and was on the staff of the First Australian General Hospital in Egypt. She later saw service with the same hospital with the First Australian Casualty Clearing Station in France.

A private cremation took place on Monday after a service conducted by the Rev. G. H. Codrington, vicar of St. Andrew's, Middle Brighton.

The Argus Wednesday 08 February 1956 page 12

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Wedding

The wedding of Miss Lalah Burke to Mr.Frederick Batchelder took place quietly at St. James's Church of England, Sydney, on Friday, December 27. The bride is the second daughter of the late Mr. G. L. Burke and Mrs. Burke, formerly of 37 Brighton road, St. Kilda. Miss Burke, who has a splendid war record as a nursing sister to the Australian Imperial Forces, has for some years past been matron at Janet Clarke Hall (Trinity College), and when she resigned a few weeks ago for her approaching marriage she received many valuable gifts from the warden of Trinity College, Trinity College council, the members of the tutorial staff, and the students. Her friends in the nursing world also arranged parties in her honour. As Mrs. Burke, sen., lives in Oxford (Eng.), with her son-in-law and daughter (the Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Spencer), she could not be present at the wedding. After the ceremony the bride and bridegroom received a few personal friends at Usher's Hotel, the cousin of the bride (Mrs, Rickards)

The Australian Saturday 05 January 1929 page 12

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Daughter of George John and Anne Gertrude (nee Daly) BURKE of 37 Brighton Road St Kilda.

Sister of

  • Lieutenant Maurice Francis BURKE - , returned to Australia 1919 (born 1885)  Married Hilda Florence Derry at St Mary's Church Fulham, England on 17th December 1918, Vicar C Bradshaw Foy officiating.  Maurice Burke was a committee member, honorary treasurer, and a trustee of the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.
  • Captain Harold BURKE (MC) - 5th Infantry Battalion, killed in action , France 23rd August 1918 (born 1893)
  • Major Edmund Louis "Teddy" BURKE (MC) - 4th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia 4th September 1919 (born 1896)  Edmund entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon on 9 March 1913 and graduated, along with the rest of his class, early on 28 June 1915.

 

The wedding of Miss Lalah Burke to Mr.Frederick Batchelder took place quietly at St. James's Church of England, Sydney, on Friday, December 27. The bride is the second daughter of the late Mr. G. L. Burke and Mrs. Burke, formerly of 37 Brighton road, St. Kilda. Miss Burke, who has a splendid war record as a nursing sister to the Australian Imperial Forces, has for some years past been matron at Janet Clarke Hall (Trinity College), and when she resigned a few weeks ago for her approaching marriage she received many valuable gifts from the warden of Trinity College, Trinity College council, the members of the tutorial staff, and the students. Her friends in the nursing world also arranged parties in her honour. As Mrs. Burke, sen., lives in Oxford (Eng.), with her son-in-law and daughter (the Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Spencer), she could not be present at the wedding. After the ceremony the bride and bridegroom received a few personal friends at Usher's Hotel, the cousin of the bride (Mrs, Rickards)

The Australian Saturday 05 January 1929 page 12

Pioneer Army nurse dies

Mrs. Frederick Batchelder, who, as Sister L. M. (Sally) Burke, was the youngest member of the Australian Army Nursing Service with the First A.I.F., died at the weekend.

She embarked on the hospital ship Kyarra in 1915 and was on the staff of the First Australian General Hospital in Egypt. She later saw service with the same hospital with the First Australian Casualty Clearing Station in France.

A private cremation took place on Monday after a service conducted by the Rev. G. H. Codrington, vicar of St. Andrew's, Middle Brighton.

The Argus Wednesday 08 February 1956 page 12

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