Ruby DICKINSON

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DICKINSON, Ruby

Service Number: Nurse
Enlisted: 26 July 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
Born: Forbes, New South Wales, 8 July 1885
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Died of Illness (Pneumonia), Harefield, Middlesex, England, 23 June 1918, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Harefield (St. Mary) Churchyard
Grave Aust. 57 - Inscription: Peace Perfect Peace
Memorials: Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maryborough Nurses HB
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1915: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, SN Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Sydney, New South Wales
31 Jul 1915: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Jul 1915: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), RMS Orontes, Sydney
11 Jul 1917: Enlisted
31 Aug 1917: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
31 Aug 1917: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
23 Jun 1918: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Daughter of William (deceased 1911) and Julia DICKINSON
Of 'Arizona' Almora St. Mosman, Qld.

Ruby received her nursing training at the Lister Private Hospital in Sydney, finishing in 1911.

In 1915 she enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service, and leaving Australia in July of that year, she served in military hospitals in Alexandria, Lemnos, France and in the UK.

She died of pneumonia on 23 June 1918, contracted while working at the No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield.

Ruby was 32 and the daughter of William and Julia Dickinson, of "Arizona," Almora St., Mosman, Queensland.

Her mother wrote to the authorities on 22 October 1918: "I am told she was much appreciated for her steadfastness to duty and nursing skills, much beloved by the sick and wounded for whom she worked so hard. I shall always have the consolation of knowing that she died doing her duty."

Ruby married Frederick E. Body in Sydney in 1914, and after he enlisted for service, she followed suit but used her maiden name, and mother as next of kin. 

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