Service Number: Staff Nurse
Enlisted: 29 December 1916
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service
Born: Luton, England, 17 January 1875
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Ballarat
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Riverside, California, 29 January 1943, aged 68 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1916: Involvement Sea Transport Staff
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Sea Transport Staff, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
29 Dec 1916: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, Staff Nurse, SN Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service
Date unknown: Involvement Staff Nurse, SN Staff Nurse, Queen Alexandria's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Daughter of John TREBILCOCK and Charlotte nee CROXFORD
Sister of Elizabeth TREBILCOCK
Educated Ballarat, Vic.
Trained at Alfred Hospital Melbourne, 3 years August 1899 to October 1902
Private Nursing , Matron of Sir Samuel Hospital WA, and of Laverton Hospital, WA
Enlisted QAIMNSR
Of 72 High Street, St. Kilda, Vic.
Military Hospital, Ripon
'I resign because with my experience and ability I feel myself worthy of a better position than that of 'Staff Nurse' which I now occupy'
Appointment terminated 22 October 1915
Returned to Australia
Enlisted AANS 29 December 1916
Age 41 years
Embarked 19 December 1916 in Sydney per “Orontes” for England
Transport duties to Australia and return
Ships “Themistocles” “Marathon” “ Suevic” “Borda”
Appointment Terminated 05 February 1919
Re-enlisted 29 May 1919 as Sister for one “Special Service” trip to England per “Kursk”
Resigned Appointment in England 07 August 1919
She is on a passenger list to Canada in 1920 and arrived in California same year. On 18 February 1921 she naturalised as a US Citizen in Los Angeles, USA.
​She died 29 January 1943 in Riverside, California under the name of Trebilco

Westralians at the Front

We have previously referred to the active part numbers of Westralian are playing in connection with the war, and this week we have two further interesting examples of this to chronicle. The first to hand is contained in a letter from Sister E. A. Trebilcock, late of this State, who has written of some of her experiences to Mrs. H. Bennett, of Mt. Lawley, that lady having very kindly made the communications available to our readers.

Sister Trebilcock, who has many friends in Perth, and is well known in metropolitan nursing circles, went to France with Lady Dudley's Voluntary Hospital for the care of the wounded soon after the commencement of war and has since been doing good work in that direction. With a few personal items deleted, here is Sister Trebilcock's account of her experiences as related in her letter to Mrs. Bennett, written from St. Nazaire, a French port on the Bay of Biscay at the mouth of the Loire:

"We left Southampton on August 38 for Havre, then the naval base, but the Germans were encroaching so much in that direction that we hurried from the hotel at which we were staying on to the Greta, the yacht Lord Dunraven had chartered for our expedition. Here we spent several uncomfortable days and nights, and were again landed in Havre, which was so crowded that a bed was an unknown quantity. And very thankful we were to get on board the Asturias, which brought us down here (St. Nazaire), to what, has since been the base. Lady Dudley took the best private hospital here, and opened it for officers only, and in a few days we had more patients than we could accommodate. Then we took over a large, school ad- joining as an annexe. Here we nurse the Tommies, accommodating ninety at a time and here it is we have done our best work. "In a month we handled 750 cases, and when I tell you that we are but seventeen nurses and our orderlies for the most part are untrained you can imagine something of our work. Many times we have been strained almost to the breaking point, but have managed to endure and do good work."It is different from ordinary hospital work. We hear when the trains with the wounded are expected in, and we are ready to receive them. The serious cases are immediately got to bed. Then we feed them all; after which they all have to be washed and their wounds dressed. We have received as many as 170 patients in a day, so you will see our task has not been an easy one. Their, wounds are often-filthy and sloughing, having in many cases been undressed for two and three days. We hear that many of the hospitals have a great deal of gangrene, but so far we have had none, though we have had tetanus (lockjaw), which is even worse. We have had seven deaths from it. . . . It is so awful and so hopeless. Here we see in a very small way some of the horrors of war. "Besides the hospital and annexe we have a camp, a postcard of which I will send you. ... One evening last week we attended a concert given by our people at the camp. It was a weird affair. A beautiful moonlight night, a waning camp fire, the inner circle composed of sisters and officers, beyond this hundreds of our British soldiers, and on the outskirts crowds of French people. Lady Dudley was sport enough to contribute to the programme. and we wound up the evening by having supper with the officers and afterwards motored home.

"Our home is in the corner of the main street, and we see all the soldiers march past-in one direction to the rest camp, after disembarking; in the other, to the front! They win one's respect, with their cheerfulness and grit. They are always singing as they march, their favourite songs being 'It's a long way to Tipperary' and 'Oh, you beautiful doll.' We see thousands and thousands of them pass. . . . Then when they return to us wounded and suffering, their cheerfulness one marvels at! Only here and there one meets with one who whines. "We have packed up here and have to quit St. Nazaire. Lady Dudley, has taken the Hotel Carlton in Paris, but latest news tells us we are not going there. We certainly hope to get nearer the front, but so far know nothing. When our orders come we shall get out speedily. . . .
Write me when you can, as we are allowed to receive any and all letters, the address being 'Australian Field Hospital, British Expeditionary Force.'"

Sunday Times Sunday 6 December 1914 page 14.