Florence Agnes (Flo) MANNING (MITCHELL)

MANNING (MITCHELL), Florence Agnes

Service Number: Nurse
Enlisted: 31 August 1915
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: 10th Australian General Hospital
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, 24 April 1889
Home Town: Claremont, Claremont, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, 17 October 1949, aged 60 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Memorial Location: Tristania, Garden G3, Bed 5, Rose 23.
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1915: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Aug 1915: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), RMS Morea, Melbourne
31 Aug 1915: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
23 Apr 1917: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, 10th Australian General Hospital , Resigned following marriage to Captain Hugh William Fancourt Mitchell MC of the AAMC.

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Biography contributed by Kathryn Shapland

Florence Agnes Manning was born in Bendigo, Victoria in 1889. She moved with her family to Claremont in Western Australia in 1900. She obviously considered herself to be a West Australian as she has captioned a photo of herself with two men as "Three West Australians". 

She trained as a nurse at the Perth Hospital and enlisted in the AANS in Egypt in 1915. She served until April 1917 when she married Captain Hugh William Fancourt Mitchell MC (AAMC) and had to resign. He also worked at Perth Hospital before venturing out into general practice in Brookton, WA in 1915.

During her time in Egypt she worked with Staff Nurse Una Hamilton Evans, whom she refers to as "My Una". They are photographed together at work and during their leisure time.

Florence and Hugh had four children – two boys and 2 girls, with one son following in his father’s footsteps by being a doctor.

Hugh’s father, Henry St. John Mitchell, was also a doctor who served in the Australian Navy and Military Expedition Force, Army Medical Corps, during WWI.

Florence died in 1949 and Hugh in 1957 and they are both buried at Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Victoria.