Edith Evelyn HOUGH

HOUGH, Edith Evelyn

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 21 August 1917
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
Born: Busselton, Western Australia, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Busselton State School
Occupation: Certificated Nurse
Died: Natural causes, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 8 August 1972
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Western Australia
Memorials: Busselton Rotary Park of Remembrance Memorial Walk
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1917: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
23 Nov 1917: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: SS Canberra embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
23 Nov 1917: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), SS Canberra, Fremantle
16 Jan 1919: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), London, Resigned appointment in consequence of marriage

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Staff Nurse Edith Hough was one of five children of Christopher and Isabella Hough of Mt Lawley, Western Australia. Born and educated at Busselton, Nurse Hough left Australia in November 1917 and served in No 14 Australian General Hospital at Port Said.

Two brothers, Leonard (1342) and Christopher (1246) enlisted for service in the AIF. Christopher was killed at Pozieres in 1916 whilst Leonard was invalided to Australia in 1917.

Following the end of hostilities, Staff Nurse Hough embarked for England on 27 December 1918, arriving at Southampton on 7 January 1919. Assigned to the 1st Australian General Hospital, she married Captain Otto Ludwig Vetter, an Australian serving with the Royal Air Force, at St Andrews Church, Marlebone, London on 16 January 1919. As a consequence of her marriage she resigned from the Australian Army Nursing Service.

The couple returned to Australia in August 1919, where Otto conducted a successful automotive engineering business in Perth. Living most of their married life in South Perth, they had two children, John born in 1920 and a daughter, Mary. Flight Sergeant John Irwin Vetter of No 42 Squadron, RAAF died as a POW in Java in February 1945.

Edith Evelyn Hough died in August 1972. Her husband Otto predeceased her in 1968.