Frances Mary DEERE

DEERE, Frances Mary

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
Born: Strathalbyn SA, 6 May 1879
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Repatriation Hospital, Daw Park, SA, 23 October 1953, aged 74 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Section: KO, Road: 8, Site No: 56
Memorials: Adelaide Royal Adelaide Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Keswick South Australian Army Nurses Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

5 Dec 1914: Involvement 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
5 Dec 1914: Embarked 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Kyarra, Melbourne
Date unknown: Wounded

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Biography contributed by Scarlett Clapton-Caputo

Frances Mary Deere (Nurse B2455, 1914-1918)

a Biography by Scarlett Clapton-Caputo


(WW1)

Frances Mary Deere, often referred to as Sister Deere, was born in 1879 while her Enlistment form states that she was born near Strathalbyn SA. She had brown hair, blue eyes,was 5 ft 2 and a quarter, had fair to medium skin and weighed 108 lbs which is 48.9 kilograms with a chest measurement of 33 inches. Her Mother was Mrs Grace Emily Deere, her mother Grace lived on Dunn Street, North Adelaide, SA. Before she enlisted Mrs Deere worked at the Number 2 Australian hospital, she served in the Special Services from December 1914 until March 1918.

Deere was not married at the time that she enlisted on the 25th of November 1914 at the age of 35. She embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Kyarra, A55 on the 5th of December 1914, Deere was a trained Nurse in the A.A Nursing Service. She entered the War without any health issues but on the 3/4/1915 Deere had a bad case of Pneumonia and was discharged on the 4/6/1915. During this time Mrs Deere's mother attempted to contact the hospital that her daughter was staying at so that she could access the address and medical information. She was also a part of the church of England.

After disembarking Mrs Deere worked at the number 2, Pall N.G.H Dartford Military hospital in Iswails Egypt, this is also where she contracted mild Anemia in 10/6/1915 and arrived at the Third Australian Auxiliary hospital for treatment. Deere returned to duty on the 9/12/1915, it was also believed that Deere had Jaundice and Gallstones in India 13/10/1917. She received the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914/1915 Star Medal B.R.M. Deere returned to Australia in 1919 January 15th.

 

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

She was awarded her WW1 medals from the Governor Sir Archibald Weigall in May 1921.