Eliza Ann WATTS

WATTS, Eliza Ann

Service Number: Nurse
Enlisted: 25 November 1914
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service
Born: Monmouthshire, Wales, 30 April 1874
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Natural causes, Perth, Western Australia, 1 March 1941, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Perth, W.A.
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Sister, SN Nurse, SA Nursing Sisters
21 Feb 1900: Embarked

World War 1 Service

25 Nov 1914: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service

Pre war training

Miss E. A. Watts has been for three years at Miss Tibbits's Private Hospital, part of the time as charge nurse, and she was also in charge of cases out of the hospital. She was highly recommended by Drs. Anstey Giles and Todd.

The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide) Saturday 10 February 1900 page 4

Last Of S.A. Boer War Nurses Dies

Many older members of the nursing profession in South Australia will regret to hear of the death in Western Australia early this month of Sister E. A. Watts. She had the rare distinction of serving in both the Boer War and the Great War, and was the last survivor of the six South Australian nurses who went to the Boer War in 1900. Although she was born in England, Miss Watts came to South Australia at an early age, and trained under the late Miss Alice Tibbits, at Wakefield street Hospital. After the Boer War she returned to Australia to continue her training, and in 1904 accepted an appointment assister in charge of the Grosvenor Hospital, Fremantle. When war broke out in 1914 she sailed for Egypt on the first hospital ship to take up work at Heliopolis. Later she went with the No. 1 Australian General Hospital to France, and served continuously in that country and in England until after the Armistice was signed. Miss Watts held the Queen Victoria and Edward VII. medals from the South African campaign, and the Gallipoli Star and General Service and Victory medals from the Great War. In years of peace she served as a civilian nurse,and until within five days of her death was caring for a private patient. A sister and brother, Mrs. R. WThompson and Mr. R. C. Watts, both of Ethelton, survive her

The Advertiser Wednesday 12 March 1941 page 6

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Biography

Eliza Ann Watts was a nursing sister born Monmouthshire Wales 30 April 1874. She came to South Australia at an early age and trained at the Wakefield Street Private Hospital. She volunteer as one of the six nurses sent to the Second Anglo-Boer War as the South Australian contingent. During the Great War, Eliza enlisted in the AIF 25 November 1914, as a Staff Nurse with the Australian Army Nursing Corps. She served in Egypt, France and England. She returned to Australia, arriving 6 March 1919, and was discharged 4 July 1919. On her return to Western Australia at the cessation of hostilities, she continued nursing, becoming the matron of Dwellingup District Memorial Hospital. She died in Perth in 1941 at the age of 66.

 

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