Elizabeth ROTHERY

ROTHERY, Elizabeth

Service Number: N/A
Enlisted: 22 August 1916
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Whitehaven, England, 2 November 1885
Home Town: Myrtleford, Alpine, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Appendicitis and Septic Peritonitis, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia , 15 June 1918, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Beechworth Cemetery
Tree Plaque: Myrtleford Kurrajong Tree
Memorials: Australian Military Nurses Memorial, Beechworth Ovens District Hospital Great War Nurses, Beechworth Shire WW1 Honour Roll, Beechworth War Memorial, Kapunda Dutton Park Memorial Bullwinkel Memorial, Myrtleford A D Lowerson VC Memorial Square, Myrtleford Nurse Rothery Memorial, Myrtleford War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1916: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, N/A, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
22 Aug 1916: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), RMS Mooltan, Melbourne
23 Jan 1918: Involvement Hospital Transport Corps
23 Jan 1918: Embarked Hospital Transport Corps, HMAT Karoola, Melbourne
15 Jun 1918: Involvement Army Medical Corps (AIF)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Nurse Elizabeth Rothery trained for her profession at the Ovens District Hospital, Beechworth. She became a midwife at the Melbourne General Hospital and at the outbreak of war in 1914 was working at the St. Kilda Base Hospital. She had enlisted in the A.A.N.S. when she heard of her brother Norman's death at Gallipoli on November, 1915
"Early in 1916, Elizabeth left for overseas military service, sailing to Bombay on HMAT Mooltan in September. In India, Elizabeth nursed wounded and dying servicemen from the battlefields of Mesopotamia and Palestine. She then transferred to Bagthorpe Military Hospital, England and in July 1917 joined the hospital ship Nestor on a repatriation voyage to Australia, arriving at Melbourne in September.
"In January, 1918 Elizabeth embarked on the hospital ship Karoola for Capetown, South Africa and then Egypt. The return journey to Australia attending to sick and wounded in stifling heat below decks, exhausted her. After a short stay with family in Myrtleford, she went to visit friends at Beechworth where she died suddenly of acute appendicitis on June 18, 1918.
"Her military funeral at Beechworth followed with "a most touching and remarkable demonstration of public grief and admiration". Several months after her death her saddened father Joseph planted a Kurrajong seedling in this area as a living memorial to his eldest daughter.
"As the tree aged it needed to be replaced and in the 1980s a new tree was propagated and flourishes as a memorial to Elizabeth to this day."