CROWN COPYRIGHT: THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WO95/3989
JUNE 1st – 15th 1917
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Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office telegram notifying that Mrs. A. Roberts, Special Probationer, had been granted extension of leave for one month on medical certificate.
Transfer: Forwarded to DGMS application to transfer to Home Establishment from Sister A. Bowles, QAIMNSR, 4 General Hospital, on account of sister’s illness. Miss Bowles requested that she might be stationed either at Manchester or London.
CAMC transfer: Forwarded to DGMS memo asking for approval for the move of Sister M. Hague, CAMC, from 7 Canadian General to 2 Canadian General Hospital, as Miss Hague had several close friends at the latter hospital.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS confidential report on Staff Nurse I. McCalman, QAIMNSR on resignation. This lady had been transferred sick to England from 2 Stationary Hospital.
Leave to Canada: Received and forwarded to DGMS application from Nursing Sister Sirois, CAMC, 6 Canadian General, for 2 months’ leave to Canada owing to the serious illness of her father.
WAAC Detention rooms: Application received from SMO St. Omer, for VAD attendants to be detailed for duty in the WAAC Detention room. An attendant was urgently required as the members of this corps had been vaccinated and numerous dressings were required.
CAMC Transfer: Received telegram from DGMS enquiring if there were any objection to the recall of Nursing Sister Tarte, CAMC from 8 Canadian General Hospital to England. Replied no objection.
Additional staff in CCS: Received wire from DMS 2nd Army, saying that 10 additional Sisters were required for 12 CCS and 12 for 17 CCS.
Nursing Staff at Marseilles: Forwarded to DGMS information with reference to the disposal of the nursing staffs of Hospital Ships “Formosa” and “Glengorm Castle” and also with reference to Canadian Nursing Sisters detained at Marseilles. The British Sisters left Marseilles for England on 12.5.17 – Matron Wilson, CAMC left for England on 15.5.17 and the remaining 4 Canadian Sisters joined No.1 Canadian General Hospital on 17.5.17.
Transfer: Forwarded to DGMS confidential report on Staff Nurse Oswald, QAIMNSR on transfer to Home Establishment.
Sister J. Fleming, AANS: Forwarded to Chief Paymaster, AIF, particulars received from the Pay Book of Sister J. Fleming, AANS which he had asked for.
Return from sick leave: Forwarded to Command Paymaster nominal roll of Nursing Sisters who had returned from sick leave during the month of May.
VADs: Forwarded to Mrs. Furse, Commandant in Chief, VADs, nominal roll of VAD members struck off strength during the month of May on termination of contract and resignation, also those evacuated sick to England.
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Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss J. P. Galway, VAD, had been granted extension of leave on medical certificate.
Return from sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss M. H. Cowell, QAIMNSR had been instructed to rejoin for duty after sick leave in England.
CAMC reinforcement: Received copy of War Office letter stating that the embarkation of Nursing Sister Morden, CAMC had been authorised.
Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office telegram stating that Miss G. Pedlar, VAD, had been granted extension of leave to June 13th.
AANS reinforcements: Received copy of War Office letter from Matron-in-Chief, AIF stating that application had been made for Miss J. Simpson, AANS to proceed to 2 Australian General Hospital on June 2nd in relief of Sister Durham, AANS transferred to England.
CAMC transfer: Received notification from DGMS that Nursing Sister A. Williams, CAMC was to be struck off the strength of the BEF from date of expiration of leave – 25.5.17.
VAD appointments: Received copy of War Office letter approving the appointments of VAD members who arrived in France during March and April, 1917, after their probationary period.
Resignation: Received copy of War Office letter accepting the resignation of Staff Nurse M. A. Ripley, QAIMNSR, 21 CCS.
Reinforcements and Wastage: Forwarded to DGMS return showing requirements of the nursing staff giving particulars of reinforcements and wastage during the month of May – Total wastage during the month = 64 Trained and 70 Untrained – Total Reinforcements = Trained 134, Untrained 131. Shortage = Trained nurses 372.
2 Australian CCS: Instructions sent by wire to DDMS Boulogne for Sisters M. Cameron, C. Deacon, L. F. Stuart and N. Shepherd, AANS from 2 Australian General, to proceed to 2 Australian CCS.
Nursing staff at Marseilles: Forwarded to DGMS correspondence with reference to Matron Acton and Sisters Carruthers and Coole of the Malta Command, who had been stranded at Marseilles, asking for instructions as to the disposal of these ladies.
CAMC reinforcements: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of Nursing Sisters at 1 and 2 Canadian General Hospitals – those posted to 3 Canadian General in War Office letter had brought written orders with them for 2 Canadian General Hospital, and had proceeded accordingly. DGMS was asked for which unit they were intended. Also reported to DGMS arrival of Nursing Sisters at 7 Canadian General Hospital.
CAMC Transfer: Forwarded to DGMS departure report of Nursing Sister M. E. Hoctor, CAMC from 6 Canadian General Hospital, transferred to England.
AANS transfer: Forwarded to DGMS departure report of Sister Durham, AANS from 2 Australian General Hospital, transferred to England.
Promotion: Forwarded to DGMS recommendation for promotion to rank of Sister of Staff Nurse D. Hutton, TFNS.
VAD reports: Forwarded to DGMS confidential reports on the Misses C. and M. Milnes Morton, VAD members, who proceeded to England on termination of contract on May 18th, also on Miss Starkey, VAD who was proceeding to England on termination of contract on 23.6.17, and on Miss Roy, VAD, who proceeded to England on 30.5.17 on termination of contract.
Extension of leave: Received copy of wire from DGMS. Matron Hubley, CAMC asking for extension of leave in order to attend investiture. DGMS asked if there were any objection to this extension being granted. Replied no objection.
Temporary closing of CCS: Received telephone message from DMS 3rd Army, saying that the following units were closing temporarily, and asking for instructions as to disposal of the nursing affairs – 24 CCS, 32 CCS, 62 CCS, 63 CCS and 1st Canadian CCS. When definite dates for the closing of these units could be given, the staffs would be posted temporarily to St. Pol and Frevent, with the exception of the staff of 1 Canadian CCS which would join 2 Canadian General Hospital for temporary duty.
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CAMC transfer: Instructions issued by DGMS for Sister Tarte, CAMC 8 Canadian General Hospital, to return to England. Orders sent accordingly. Approval received from DGMS for transfer of Nursing Sister M. Hague, CAMC from 7 Canadian General Hospital to 2 Canadian General Hospital.
AANS reinforcements: Received copy of War Office telegram stating that Sister J. Simpson, AANS was embarking for 2 Australian General on 2.6.17, also received copy of War Office letter stating that Staff Nurse A. McHardy, AANS was embarking on 2.6.17 for duty with 2 Australian General.
Accommodation for relatives: DGMS forwarded correspondence with reference to the accommodation for relatives of wounded officers who come to the Boulogne Base. Owing to the difficulties in finding accommodation at Wimereux, the Commissioner has rented a small villa there to be run on the same lines as the Hotel des Anglais at Le Touquet and the Hostel at Rouen. The Commissioner asked for a staff of 3 VAD members to be sanctioned to run the Hostel. DGMS asked if there were any objection and replied no objection.
Accommodation: Application received from A/Matron, 5 Stationary Hospital, Dieppe, for additional accommodation for the nursing staff owing to increase in establishment.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Sister A. Slythe, TFNS on account of her approaching marriage.
Marriage: DDMS Etaples forwarded application from Staff Nurse M. B. Hayne, CHR 18 General Hospital, for 14 days’ leave to England, and permission to be married whilst on leave. Her retention in the service was recommended. Forwarded application to DGMS stating that leave had been approved, and recommending that she should be retained in the service.
61 CCS: Staff of 61 CCS arrived at the Nurses’ Home, Abbeville, the unit having temporarily closed.
VAD Agreements: Forwarded to DGMS confidential reports and signed agreement forms of VAD members who joined Army Service in October and April, 1915 and 1916.
58 General Hospital: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of Matron Humphries, TFNS, 17 Sisters and 31 Staff Nurses belonging to 58 General Hospital on 29.5.17.
CAMC reinforcement: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of Nursing Sister A. Lord, CAMC at 6 Canadian General Hospital on 31.5.17.
58 General Hospital: Forwarded to Matron-in-Chief, War Office, and Command Paymaster, nominal roll of nursing staff of 58 General Hospital with dates of joining Army Service.
American Hospitals: Asked for particulars of the nursing staffs of American Units at 9 General Hospital and 11 General Hospital.
Sir George Makin saw Miss McCarthy, and was satisfied with her condition.
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WAAC Detention rooms: Received reminder from DGMS re the employment of VAD members for sick bays of WAAC. Replied that an answer had been sent on the 21st ultimo – there was no objection to the establishment of sick bays or to the employment of VAD members as attendants.
Transfer: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Sister M. A. Bindloss, QAIMNSR had been transferred to Home Establishment on 1.6.17. Forwarded copy of letter to DDMS Etaples, and asked for a confidential report.
Visits to other areas: Received enquiry from DDMS Boulogne as to whether Sisters were permitted visit other areas. Replied that leave was not given except in exceptional circumstances.
Allowances of Matron-in-Chief: Forwarded to DGMS correspondence re special allowances asked for in the case of the Matron-in-Chief, BEF (lodging, fuel and light allowance, and charge pay).
Transfer of CAMC: Received telegram from DGMS forwarding copy of wire from Adcanef – Medsercan requests recall of Nursing Sisters Binnings, Drew, Hubbs, Nicholls and Pike, CAMC from 2 Canadian General Hospital for duty at the Orpington Military Hospital. Issued the necessary instructions.
CAMC reinforcements: Reported to DGMS arrival of CAMC Sisters as follows – 2 for 3 Canadian General Hospital on 30.5.17, and 2 for 1 Canadian CCS on 2.6.17.
Promotion: Forwarded to DGMS application for promotion to rank of Sister of Staff Nurse K. M. Cameron, TFNS.
Rations: Sent circular memo to the DMS, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Armies, asking that Sisters coming to Abbeville for accommodation at the Nurses’ Home might bring one day’s rations with them, and if they were arriving on a Saturday, 2 days’ rations.
Shelling of CCS: Received telephone message from DMS 3rd Army to say that 20 and 43 CCS had been shelled. No Sisters had been hurt but the OC of 20 CCS had been wounded. The nursing staff had been sent to Warlincourt Chateau.
VADs in American hospitals: Received communication from A/Principal Matron, Etaples, asking who was to be responsible for the forwarding of official documents with reference to the VAD members left for temporary duty with American unit at 11 General Hospital. Replied that the Assistant Matron, Miss Needham, was to remain at 11 General with the VADs and would forward pay sheet, contract forms, etc.
Nursing staff at Marseilles: Received letter from Matron, Marseilles Stationary Hospital, saying that all the Sisters who had been detained in camp there had left last week with the exception of Miss Acton and 2 of her staff. Left Abbeville at 2 p.m. and arrived Rouen 5 p.m.
To 8 General Hospital – saw the staff and quarters and the new accommodation being erected. The nursing staff had got up an entertainment for the patients for this evening, which they all enjoyed greatly. The hospital was fairly quiet – only about 400 patients. Saw the DDMS. To the Nurses’ Hostel in the Rue Bouquet - accommodation for 6 – could be increased to 10 if required. Sister Barwell is in charge – the rooms are all most comfortable. At the time of the visit, several Sisters were there from a hospital train in garage for repairs, also VAD Miss Russell, who had gone to Rouen from Abbeville to see sick relative in hospital there. To 3 Stationary Hospital for the night. This hospital was not busy – only 300 patients at the time of the visit.
To 5 General Hospital to see Miss Wilson, A/Principal Matron. Discussed the disposal of nursing staffs of 9 and 12 General Hospitals, which will both be taken over by the Americans. Saw the CO – Colonel D. Lawson.
To 9 General Hospital – saw the Matron, Miss Allison, and Assistant Matron, also Dr. Creal, and the CO and Adjutant. Discussed uniform and temporary increase of nursing staff by our VAD members, as their nursing staff only numbered 64. The Matron said they would be glad of the help and I suggested leaving one senior nurse with them to make out pay claims, and to be responsible for their behaviour off duty, but made it quite clear that there would be no dual control – they would of course work entirely under the Matron of the hospital.
To No.1 Australian General Hospital – saw Miss Finlay, the Matron, and the CO and went over the hospital, which is one of a group of 3 General Hospitals situated on the race-course. The Matron was very anxious that leave in Paris might be granted to the nursing staff.
To 11 Stationary Hospital – went all over the hospital with Miss Allen, the A/Matron. The beds in this hospital have recently been increased to 1040. The Scottish Nurses’ unit is attached to this hospital – it was not busy – 350 patients at the time of the visit. Had lunch in the Sisters’ Mess. Saw the DDMS, Colonel Russell, with respect to my interview with the American Matron, Miss Allison. Left Rouen 4.15 p.m. arriving Havre 6.30 p.m.
To DDMS office – arranged that the remainder of the nursing staff of No.1 General Hospital should be transferred to Havre for duty at 2 General and 40 Stationary Hospital, also that no Sisters should be employed at 38 General Hospital for battle casualties as had hitherto been done as a temporary measure. To 2 General Hospital, Officers’ Section, also visited the Casino, and saw Miss Wellman, who was A/Principal Matron for the area during Miss Blakeley’s leave of absence for 14 days. Stayed the night at Havre.
Visited the Hotel des Emigrants, a section of 2 General Hospital. Went all round with the Matron and CO. Visited the Sisters’ Hospital – only one patient, Sister Dowthwaite, in hospital.
Visited the Isolation Hospital and went round the camp and quarters; Sister Hockey, a patient with cerebro-spinal meningitis – some improvement in her condition. Extra accommodation is being put up for Sisters.
To Harfleur, 40 Stationary Hospital – full of local sick, about 400 at the time of the visit. Saw Miss Hepple, the Matron. Some of the hospital equipment had been lost in transit from England, which was causing inconvenience, but the articles lost had been requisitioned for. The quarters of the nursing staff are comfortable huts which accommodate the 30 trained nurses now on duty. The staff is to be increased by 6 VADs to be transferred from 1 General Hospital when that unit is taken over by the Americans, and extra bell tents will be put up to accommodate them. There is a difficulty in obtaining supplies from Havre for the Sisters’ Mess, and I advised the Matron to ask for horse transport for this purpose.
To Etretat, No.1 General Hospital, to see Mrs. Christie, the Matron of the American unit taking over this hospital. Explained our methods of working and asked if they would like to employ VAD members temporarily to augment their staff, in accordance with instructions from DGMS, BEF. The offer was gratefully accepted and it was arranged that Miss Wilson, the Assistant Matron, should remain temporarily to assist and to look after the VAD members. Arranged for the disposal of the British staff of the unit – Miss Wilton Smith, the Matron, to remain for a few weeks by special request of the Matron and CO. Returned to Havre for the night.
At 9 a.m. to Palais Section of 2 General Hospital. Additional huts have recently been erected for West Indians and Kaffirs. Sister French, QAIMNS is in charge.
To Dieppe to the Officers’ Convalescent Home – Miss Minns, A/Matron, QAIMNS in charge with a staff of 2 trained nurses and 8 VAD members. The number of beds is 200 in the two Hotels, Metropole and Grand. There were no officers confined to bed at the time of the visit, but several daily dressings and massage and treatment required. Returned to Abbeville 7 p.m.
During my absence – DGMS forwarded a copy of telegram received from DAG Base re the CAMC Sisters arriving from England on 26.5.17. These Sisters were for 2 Canadian General Hospital, not for 3 Canadian General as detailed by War Office letter.
Return from sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter notifying that Miss A. Given, VAD, had been instructed to rejoin from sick leave, also Sister B. L. Mather and Sister Solling, QAIMNSR and Miss V. M. Abbott, VAD.
Extension of sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss Tod, VAD, on sick leave, had been granted extension. Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss Whittington, VAD had been granted extension of leave on medical certificate. Informed DDMS Etaples.
Transfer of CAMC: DGMS requested that instructions should be issued for Sister M. C. McLeod, 1 Canadian CCS to proceed to England and report to AG Canadians, on arrival of Nursing Sister S. K. Robley in relief. Issued orders accordingly.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Staff Nurse A. Y. Brotherton, QAIMNSR, on account of mother’s ill-health. Forwarded to DGMS departure report of Staff Nurse M. Mitchell, QAIMNSR on resignation.
AANS Reinforcements: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of Staff Nurse A. McHardy, AANS and Sister Simpson, AANS for 2 Australian General Hospital on 2.6.17.
41 CCS bombed: Received letter from Sister in charge, 41 CCS saying that the hospital had been bombed – 2 bombs had exploded, causing 31 casualties – 2 men killed outright and 3 had died since. The casualties were mostly among patients and a working party attached to the hospital – 2 were personnel.
Hospital Ship “Salta”: Received telephone message from DDMS Havre, saying that the body of a Nursing Sister had been washed up and it was thought to be that of Miss A. G. Mann of the Hospital Ship “Salta” – he asked if any particulars could be supplied about her. Replied that there was no nominal roll of the staff of Hospital Ship “Salta” in this office and that [no] particulars of the nursing staff were available. Suggested that application should be made to DDMS Southampton. The funeral had been arranged to take place on the 7th.
Canadian Red Cross: Received copy of War Office letter on the subject of uniform for members of the Canadian Red Cross attached to QAIMNSR. It was stated that the decision contained in the letter of December, 1916, was still hold good (viz: that they should wear the uniform of the QAIMNSR, as they received the pay and allowances of that service).
VAD Rest Station: Reply received from Commissioner, BRCS re free rationing of the VAD members at the Rest Station. He thought that this had been arranged by Colonel Barefoot and Miss Crowdy when the latter was at Abbeville in the autumn of 1916.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS gratuity claim and insurance particulars re Staff Nurse Piddocke, QAIMNSR who had resigned.
Accommodation: Received enquiry from the Director of Works asking if the accommodation for the nursing staff is insufficient for hospitals on the authorised scale and if larger establishments should be authorised. It would regularise proceedings if the QMGs sanction for increased establishment were obtained and they would then automatically be entitled to normal accommodation.
Nurses’ Rest Club: Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox came to make final arrangements for the opening of the Rest Club for Nursing Sisters at Abbeville.
QAIMNS Reports: Received copy of War Office letter – confidential reports urgently required on Staff Nurse M. Nicholson, Staff Nurse A. E. Featherstonehaugh, and Staff Nurse E. W. Bond, QAIMNS.
Promotion: Received communication from Matron-in-Chief, TFNS to say that the promotions of Staff Nurses S. I. Thompson and E. M. Davis, TFNS had been approved by the Army Council.
Hostel for relatives: Received notification from DGMS that approval had been given for the employment of 3 VAD members to run the hostel for relatives of wounded officers at Wimereux.
Extension of leave: Received copy of telegram from War Office through DGMS stating that extension of leave on medical certificate had been granted to Miss B. C. Sadler, VAD. Received notification from AG Canadians through DGMS that Miss L. M. Hubley, Matron, CAMC had been granted extension of leave, until 7.6.17 to attend investiture.
Travelling claim: Received copy of War Office letter asking that the travelling claims of Misses R. McClymont, Jollie and B. I. Beyer should be forwarded to the War Office at the earliest opportunity.
Harvard Unit: Received copy of War Office letter in reply to application sent by OC Harvard Unit for 10 VAD members – Mr. White had cabled that 22 General Hospital had 4 VAD members, including 1 in 15 nurses due to arrive about May 26th, and said he would send 4 more. The communication from the War Office stated that according to their records the present establishment is 2, plus 4 who were embarking on the 8th June. Information was requested as to the present establishment (including the 4 about to embark) and the number now required.
Leave in France: Received letter from DGMS enclosing copy of letter received by him from General Sir W. Birdwood, Commanding the Australians, and also copy of his reply. General Birdwood stated that members of the Australian Nursing Service had requested that they might be allowed to spend their leave in Paris or in other places in France, as it frequently happened that they had no relatives or friends in England. DGMS had replied that there was no objection to Australian nurses, or any others, taking their leave in France, and asked that instructions to this effect should be issued at once.
Harvard Unit: Received notification from DGMS that 15 nurses and 4 VAD members for the Harvard Unit were embarking for France on June 8th.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Staff Nurse Watson, QAIMNSR, on account of private affairs.
Miss N. Wright, VAD: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report and agreement form of Miss N. Wright, VAD.
VAD Agreements: Forwarded to DGMS confidential reports and signed agreement forms of VAD members who joined Army Service in November and May, 1915 and 1916.
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Reinforcements: Received copy of War Office letter with list of reinforcements sent to France during the month of May – 270 Trained nurses, 192 American Army Nursing Service (including 12 civilians), 51 VADs and 26 from sick leave – Total 539.
Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office letter granting 3 weeks’ extension of leave to Miss M. Hargreaves, VAD on medical certificate.
No.9 BRCS Hospital: DGMS forwarded copy of letter received by him from Commissioner, BRCS requesting sanction for increase of nursing staff of 9 BRCS Hospital – the accommodation at the Hospital is being increased by 40 beds and a new hut will be ready early in July. 3 more trained nurses and 5 more VADs would be required, bringing the establishment up to 20 Trained nurses and 23 VAD members. The increase of staff was recommended by DMS, L of C.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Mrs. Townley, S/Nurse, QAIMNSR on account of private affairs.
Sister Tarte, CAMC: Received wire from Commandant, British Troops, Paris, requesting that Sister Tarte, CAMC who was proceeding to Canada, might be allowed to travel via Bordeaux as she wished to go with her sister and children. Repeated wire to DGMS.
Visit of AANS to Compiegne: Received reply from Miss Conyers, Matron-in-Chief, AIF saying she had no objection to the proposed arrangement for Australian Sisters to go to Compiegne for instruction in the Carrel-Dakin treatment, but she considered that all Australian units should have the same privilege. The provision was made that there should be no expense to the Australian Govt.
CCS re-opening: DMS, 4th Army, telephoned to say that 21 CCS would be re-opening about the 16th or 18th, and 13 CCS about the 26th.
53 CCS: Received letter from Sister Gardiner, Sister in charge, 53 CCS, saying that the work had been very heavy there, and the theatre teams had been working day and night.
Sick Sisters’ Hospital: Received letter from Matron-in-Chief, War Office, saying she did not wish orderlies to be employed in Sisters’ Hospitals at all except as messengers and for cleaning corridors and stairs and moving heavy baggage, and stretcher work.
Left Abbeville at 2 p.m. for Etaples – arrived DDMS office at 3.30 p.m. Arranged with Miss Hartigan, Acting Principal Matron, for the disposal of the staff of 11 General Hospital, also several small matters of discipline in hospitals.
To 56 General Hospital, Territorial Unit, just established on the hill opposite 46 Stationary Hospital (Infectious). Miss Smith, the Matron, is now able to accommodate all her trained staff and is to let me know when accommodation is ready for VADs. The hospital was taking in a convoy of wounded at the time of the visit. Only temporary quarters for the Sisters are available at present.
To 11 General Hospital – saw Miss Perkins re Mess furnishings being valued and offered to members of American unit if they required them, also re division of Mess funds. Arranged that Miss Needham should remain to look after the VADs who had been left to augment the staff as a temporary measure. Saw Miss Hall, the Matron of the American unit, who said that she would require an additional staff of 50 from America to work this unit. Was very upset over the suicide of the Quartermaster the day previous to my visit. Returned to Abbeville 8 p.m.
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CAMC reinforcements: Received copy of War Office letter stating that the order for the embarkation of Sisters M. E. Gallaher, C. E. Weldon, M. M. Willis and J. S. Calder, CAMC had been cancelled.
Resignation: Received copy of War Office letter accepting the resignation of the Staff Nurse A. Baird, QAIMNSR at 5 General Hospital.
Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office telegram stating that Miss Parke, VAD had been granted 7 days’ leave in extension owing to accident to her father.
Miss Russell Ross: Received copy of War Office letter stating that a passage to Australia would be arranged for Staff Nurse Russell Ross, QAIMNSR on completion of contract. This lady had asked if a passage would be guaranteed before signing AFW 3538.
Hospital Ship “Salta”: Memo received from DDMS Havre re the recovery from the sea on June 5th of the body of Staff Nurse A. G. Mann of Hospital Ship “Salta”. The War Office had been informed by wire, and arrangements for the funeral had been made by OC 2 General Hospital.
WAAC: Mrs. Gwynn Vaughan and Mrs. Watson, WAAC, came to see me in the morning.
Application for transport duty: Application received from Sister J. Galbraith, CAMC, 6 Canadian General Hospital, for transport duty to and from Canada. Replied that at present no Nursing Sisters were employed on transport duty on Hospital Ships.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS departure report of Staff Nurse M. A. Ripley, QAIMNSR on resignation.
Sisters’ Messes: Received copy of circular letter from AQMG stating that there was no objection to the extra equipment of Sisters’ Messes, the personal property of the Sisters, being offered at a valuation to the American units taking over our hospitals, provided a Board was assembled in each case to value the extra equipment – an officer of the RE, as well as an AOD officer, should be members of the Board.
Mediterranean L of C: Orders received to select personnel for 1 200-bedded Hospital and 3 50-bedded Hospitals to be established on the Mediterranean L of C. The staffs to be held in readiness to proceed at short notice.
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American Hospitals: Chicago unit arrived to take over No.12 General Hospital, Rouen.
Harvard Unit: DDMS Etaples, forwarded departure report of 12 Nursing Sisters from the Harvard Unit to United Kingdom on termination of contract, also departure report of Staff Nurses Bedard, Ells and Manuel to join the American Ambulance, Paris.
Received copy of War Office telegram notifying that Miss V. Baizley White, VAD, had been granted 4 days’ extension of leave. Forwarded to DDMS Boulogne for information.
AANS reinforcement: DGMS forwarded copy of letter from Matron-in-Chief, AIF, stating that an application had been made for Staff Nurse H. R. Williams, AANS, to return to 2 Australian General Hospital on June 16 after sick leave in England.
Return from leave: Received from DGMS copy of War Office telegram asking if Staff Nurses E. Welman and R. A. Kirkcaldie had rejoined from leave. Replied that these ladies had returned.
Reinforcements: Received War Office telegram asking if the remainder of the Trained nurses and VADs now waiting embarkation could be received. Replied that the Untrained staff of 56 and 58 General Hospitals should be sent, but notification would be sent when the remainder could be received.
Promotion: Matron-in-Chief, TFNS forwarded letter stating that Staff Nurses E. Scrivener, M. H. Croll and M. Richardson had been promoted to the rank of Sister – promotion to date from May 30th, and Miss A. L. Adams promoted to rank of Sister – promotion to date from June 1st.
American Hospitals: Received memo from DDMS Etaples re United States Army Base Hospital, stating that the Matron would like 130 nurses in order to carry on the work satisfactorily, but the OC thought that 115 would be sufficient. There were now 64 nurses on the staff and the OC requested that the balance should be made up as a temporary measure by the employment of VAD members (51). The latter would be released when the additional nurses arrived. Replied that the recommendation should be forwarded by the OC of the unit – Lt. Col. Campbell, and the DDMS Etaples should say if he agreed or otherwise.
Retired QAIMNS: Forwarded to DGMS memo asking if retired members of the QAIMNS should sign AFW 3538 (agreement to serve during the present emergency).
Efficiency Stripe: Forwarded to DGMS memo re Efficiency Stripe saying that a letter had been sent to all areas asking for recommendations to be forwarded to this office. All replies had not yet been received, but reminders had been sent. Asked if the certificate for the stripe was to be issued locally or through the War Office.
61 CCS: Received telephone message from DMS 5th Army, requesting that the nursing staff of 61 CCS should rejoin on Wednesday, the 13th inst.
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Masseuses: Received correspondence from DDMS Boulogne, asking for trained masseuses for employment in military units – 4 were urgently required for 8 Stationary Hospital. It was understood that Sir Almeric Paget was anxious for his corps of trained masseuses to be employed in military units in France – 20 or 30 of these ladies would be most useful. They were not all trained nurses. Forwarded correspondence to DGMS.
Sisters detained at St. Roch: DGMS forwarded copy of letter from Commissioner, BRCS offering to erect a hut at St. Roch for the convenience of Sisters and VADs who may be detained there travelling to and from Rouen and Havre.
AANS in Imperial units: Received copy of War Office letter requesting that the 184 members of the AANS lent to British units should be grouped together under Matrons of their own service. The Matrons recommended were Miss M. M. Kellett, RRC, Miss N. M. Walter, RRC and Miss E. S. Davidson, ARRC and the Assistant Matrons Miss J. M. Hart, Miss E. G. Fleming, ARRC and Miss E. Woinarski. A report was to be furnished when the arrangements were completed.
Harvard Unit: DDMS Etaples, forwarded arrival report of 16 trained nurses and 4 VAD members for duty at 22 General Hospital on 8.6.17. Forwarded to DGMS. Also forwarded arrival report of Miss F. M. Brooks and Miss B. Murray from the American Ambulance, Paris, for duty with 22 General Hospital. Staff Nurse Duffy was too ill to proceed.
American Hospitals: Application received from DDMS Havre, for Sisters N. Mollow and E. F. Watson, QAIMNS to be permitted to remain at No.1 General Hospital in addition to the ladies already named, as the American nurses were not yet acquainted with our hospital routine. Application approved.
7 Canadian Stationary Hospital: Received request from OC 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital, that Nursing Sister J. M. Macdonald, from 3 Canadian General Hospital, and Nursing Sisters Simpson and Wilson, from 2 General Hospital, who had been on temporary duty, should be instructed to rejoin 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital for duty. Orders sent accordingly.
Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss M. T. Brown, VAD had been granted sick leave in extension on medical certificate.
Return from sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss Fraser, QAIMNSR, Miss F. Brookshaw, SAMNS and Miss N. E. Turner, VAD had been instructed to rejoin from sick leave in England.
Resignation: Received copy of War Office letter accepting the resignation of Sister M. E. Rogers, TFNS, 2 Stationary Hospital, (resigning to be married). Recommendation for gratuity and insurance information was asked for.
CAMC Reinforcements: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Sister M. E. English and V. A. Thompson, CAMC had been replaced by Sisters A. T. McLeod and A. R. Pell, CAMC at 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital – the former ladies being unable to proceed. Received copy of War Office letter stating that embarkation on the 9th inst. of the following Sisters, CAMC – 18 for 1 Canadian General Hospital, 5 for 7 Canadian General Hospital, 4 for 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, and 10 for 3 Canadian General Hospital.
Miss McCarthy received telegram from Queen Alexandra expressing regret at her second operation and hoping for her speedy recovery.
Return from sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter, stating that Miss Sumner, VAD and Miss M. Hissey, QAIMNSR had been instructed to rejoin from sick leave.
Accommodation: Sent memo to DDMS Boulogne, asking how soon 48 VADs for 57 General Hospital could be accommodated.
CAMC Transfers: Reported to DGMS completed moves of Nursing Sisters H. M. McDonald and P. Mellen, CAMC of 3 Canadian CCS.
VAD Agreements: Forwarded to DGMS contracts signed by 118 VAD members for as long as their services were required.
53 and 55 General Hospitals: A/Principal Matron, Boulogne, reported that 53 and 55 General Hospitals were gradually calling in their staffs, and would soon be able to accommodate all their staff. All the hospitals were very busy.
American Hospitals: The American (St. Louis) Unit for 18 General Hospital arrived at Boulogne – 64 Nursing Sisters, and 4 Civilians. The American (Chicago) Unit for 12 General Hospital arrived at Rouen, 63 Nursing Sisters and 1 Civilian.
Mediterranean L. of C: Orders sent for nursing staff to proceed for the hospitals on the Mediterranean L of C – Taranto, Cherbourg, St. Germain, and Faenza.
Nursing Sisters’ Rest Club: 2 VAD members (Mrs. Saunders and Mrs. Cliff) reported their arrival at Abbeville for duty at the Nursing Sisters’ Rest Club.
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American Hospitals: Forwarded to DGMS statement as to the numbers of additional nurses required for the American units, in reply to his enquiry of 29.5.17. The Presbyterian Unit at 1 General Hospital required 8, the Lakeside Unit at 9 General Hospital 25, the 5th Harvard Unit at 11 General Hospital 25. The requirements of the 3 remaining units were to be forwarded later.
CAMC reinforcement: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of Sister L. Morden, CAMC for 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital.
AANS in Imperial units: Forwarded reply to DGMS to letter received on the 11th inst. with reference to the grouping of members on the AANS, stating that 161 AANS had been sent to this country for duty in British units, of who 155 were now actually on duty. Only 2 of the Matrons and 1 Assistant Matron named in War Office letter were doing duty in France at the present time. If these nurses are to be grouped in 3 hospitals, 155 will not suffice and they will have to be supplemented by VAD members. If this is the case, will the Australian Matrons be responsible for forwarding their pay claims and other official documents. It is pointed out that the changes that will be necessary in the personnel of the hospitals selected as well as the units in which these ladies are now working, would not be in the interests of the sick and wounded. At the present time a complete change had already been made in the personnel of six hospitals, owing to the arrival of the American units.
Gold stripe: DGMS forwarded copy of Army Order No.3 of 7.6.17 referring to the wearing of a distinction in dress for members of the Military Nursing Services who have been wounded.
Return from sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Misses Bainbridge, Brown and Nicholson, VAD members, had been instructed to rejoin from sick leave in England.
No.9 BRCS Hospital: DGMS forwarded copy of his letter to Commissioner, BRCS, sanctioning the increase of nursing staff of 9 BRCS Hospital.
Transfer: Received copy of War Office letter stating that Miss Brooks, QAIMNSR had been transferred to Home Establishment on June 8th and should be struck off the strength of the BEF from that date. Received copy of War Office letter sanctioning application for transfer to Home Establishment of Sister A. A. Bowles, QAIMNSR.
Resignation: Received copy of War Office letter approving the resignation of Miss P. Adeane, Special Probationer, 6 General Hospital.
Miss D. Bates, VAD: Sent memo to DGMS asking if any reply could be given to the application forwarded by Miss Bates, VAD, for a passage to Australia on a Hospital Ship.
Miss Goad, VAD: Reported to DGMS that Miss Goad, VAD, had been discharged from hospital and had proceeded to England.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Staff Nurse H. M. Pugh, QAIMNSR on account of approaching marriage. Forwarded to DGMS departure report of Staff Nurse E. M. Hargreave, QAIMNSR to England on termination of contract.
14 Stationary Hospital: Letter received from Miss Williams, A/Matron, 14 Stationary Hospital saying that the Consultants’ Observation Hut was to be opened on Wednesday – Sir Bertram Dawson is having some medical cases there to begin with and the surgical wards would be ready in about a week’s time.
Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox came to Abbeville on business connected with the Nursing Sisters’ Rest Club.
Respirator: Went to the Gas School in the evening for instruction in the use of a box respirator.
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Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office telegram stating that Miss M. T. Moore, VAD, had been granted 7 days’ extension of leave on medical certificate, and Staff Nurse Brodie, QAIMNSR had also been granted 7 days’ extension on medical certificate. Sent copies to areas concerned.
Resignation: Received copy of War Office letter accepting the resignation of Staff Nurse S. M. Powell, QAIMNSR from June 25th.
Return from leave: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of Staff Nurse M. Hissey, QAIMNSR from extended leave in England.
CAMC Transfers: Forwarded to DGMS departure report of Sisters Binning, Drew, Hubbs and Nicholls and Pike, CAMC to the Military Hospital, Orpington.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Staff Nurse V. McAuslan, QAIMNSR on account of private affairs.
Uniform: Sent out circular re irregularities in uniform to Principal Matrons, Matrons of all odd units, trains, etc.
Renewals of contract: Sent circular to all Armies and Bases re Renewal of Contract of members of QAIMNSR who joined Army Service in June and July, 1915 and 1916, and in December and January, 1914, 1915, and 1916.
Transfer: Forwarded to DGMS confidential report on Sister M. A. Bindloss, QAIMNSR transferred to Home Establishment.
Extension of leave: Received telegram from DGMS repeating wire from Dehorted asking if leave in extension could be granted to Staff Nurse E. Rein. Telephoned for verification of name to DGMS, as there was no such Staff Nurse on the nominal roll of the BEF.
Left Abbeville for Amiens at 10.30 a.m. – arrived at 42 Stationary Hospital 12 noon. This unit has just taken over from 59 General Hospital, the CO of which unit had temporarily relieved the New Zealand Stationary Hospital. There were only 70 patients in the hospital at the time of the visit. The equipment of 42 Stationary Hospital was only partly unpacked and the hospital was not comfortably equipped or in working order. Saw the CO and Matron, Miss Lowe. The nursing quarters were overcrowded and the CO promised to arrange more accommodation for them in the Officers’ Hospital. Arranged with Miss Lowe about meeting and accommodating the Sisters going to and from Casualty Clearing Stations in the 4th and 5th Armies. Sent Miss Lovell, Assistant Matron from 9 General Hospital, to assist Miss Lowe in these duties.
Left Amiens at 2.30 p.m. and arrived at Gailly 3.30 p.m. Visited No.41 Stationary Hospital and saw the A/Matron Miss Rowe, and went over the hospital – a large hospital with French huts, formerly used by 13 CCS when given up by the French – could now take 1000 patients. No. of patients at the time of the visit was 240, 12 of which were officers – others chiefly SI wounds and shell shock. The equipment of 41 Stationary Hospital had not all arrived but the wards were comfortable and the staff working well. Called at YMCA hut at Amiens to thank them for constant hospitality extended to our nurses when travelling from Boulogne to Rouen and Havre, who have a wait of 6 hours – generally in the night – at St. Roch, about 1 ½ miles from this YMCA hut. Returned to Abbeville
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CAMC Transfers: Received wire from DGMS to say that Medsercan requested the recall of Nursing Sisters N. C. Floyd and A. S. Hastings from 1 Canadian General Hospital and that Nursing Sisters D. M. Copeman and N. K. Copeman, CAMC were available as reliefs. Replied that there was no objection. Also received wire from DGMS requesting the recall of Matron A. C. Strong, CAMC 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, for duty in England – Matron Urquhart available in relief. Replied that there was no objection.
Moves in special departments: DGMS forwarded memo saying that it had come to his notice recently when inspecting the hospitals that Nursing Sisters in special wards were constantly being moved. He wished in future that all such special Sisters be kept permanently in their appointments and they were not to be moved without reference being made to the DDMS at the Base and the DMS, L of C as to whether the Specialist had any objection to the change. Replied regretting that the Sisters in special wards had been constantly changed, but said that there was no record in this office of such moves being made during the last 3 months, therefore any such moves must have been made locally. An order had been sent for a Sister in Major Valadier’s ward at 83 Dublin General to proceed to a CCS but it was countermanded immediately when it was discovered that this lady was working in a special department. Instructions had been issued that no local moves of Sisters working in special departments should be made, and no such move will be made from here without reference to the Base concerned.
Lost kit: Received from AQMG notification that the correspondence and proceedings re lost kit of Miss D. James, VAD, had been forwarded to the War Office.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS confidential report on Staff Nurse A. Maxwell, QAIMNSR who had proceeded to England on termination of contract.
Miss F. Stevens, QAIMNSR: Forwarded to DGMS enquiry as to what action should be taken with reference to the contract of Staff Nurse F. Stevens, QAIMNSR. This lady had cancelled her contract AFW 3538, and AFW 3536 had been sent by the War Office for her signature, but her present contract which was signed in Egypt does not terminate until 20.10.17.
Transfer: Received copy of War Office letter stating that S/Nurse R. A. Kidd, QAIMNSR who had been granted 14 days’ leave to June 9th would not be returning to France and that she should be struck off strength.
5 CCS: Received telephone message from DMS, 4th Army saying that the Sisters for 5 CCS would be required on the 18th.
Return from Sick leave: Received wire from DGMS notifying that S/Nurse A. M. Fricker, AANS was returning to France for duty with British hospitals, after sick leave in England.
Mediterranean L of C: Forwarded to all Bases concerned and to Command Paymaster notification of alteration in nursing staff for Mediterranean L of C units – Staff Nurse Walton from Treport was proceeding to Rouen for Cherbourg in place of S/Nurse Scott, and the latter was proceeding to Boulogne for Faenza, instead of as previously stated.
Railway travelling: Forwarded memo to DDMS Boulogne asking if the RTO there could arrange for Sisters travelling from Boulogne to Rouen and Havre to change trains at Amiens instead of St. Roch, as there is no accommodation in that place and Sisters have frequently to wait 6 hours, generally at night, before the arrival of the train from Amiens to take them on. If the change could be made at Amiens, the Sisters could be met and temporarily accommodated at 42 Stationary Hospital.
DDOS asked if he could be furnished with a list of all societies of Nursing Sisters employed in this country and a statement in respect of each society as to whether the issue of rations is a repayment service or not. The fact that some nurses are entitled to rations on repayment and other to rations free had lead to difficulties.
CCS in 1st Army: DMS 1st Army telephoned to ask for reinforcements for Casualty Clearing Stations in the 1st Army. He required two more Sisters in each CCS – 14 altogether.
Mediterranean L of C: Forwarded to DDMS Boulogne copy of telegram from DGMS advising that at present only 4 nurses should be despatched to Taranto. Orders sent that only Matron Miss Dowse and 3 Sisters should proceed to Taranto – the remaining members of the staff to be attached temporarily to hospitals in the Boulogne area.
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Nursing Sisters at Marseilles: Forwarded memo to DGMS asking if instructions should be issued to Matron Acton, TFNS and Sisters Coole and Carruthers, who were on the strength of the Malta Command and had been detained at Marseilles since May 6th, to join a unit in the BEF.
CAMC Transfers: Received wire from Adcanef through DGMS notifying that Sisters McKinnon, Fraser and Linton, CAMC, became casualties whilst on leave, and the DMS requests their retention in England. Replied saying there was no objection to their retention in England, but reliefs would be required.
58 General Hospital: Received copy of War Office telegram notifying that the untrained staff of 58 General Hospital, namely 47 VAD members and 1 Special Probationer, were proceeding to France on 15.6.17. Miss A. Mackenzie, VAD, was in charge of the party. Forwarded copies of wire to DDMS Boulogne and SMO St. Omer.
Miss H. T. Williams, AANS: Received copy of War Office letter notifying that the embarkation of Staff Nurse H. T. Williams, AANS had been authorised for the 16th inst. for duty with 2 Australian General Hospital.
Nurses’ Rest Clubs: DGMS forwarded copy of letter from Commissioner, BRCS re the question of food for VAD members employed at Princess Victoria’s Rest Clubs at Abbeville, Rouen and Calais. These ladies are not allowed by the French authorities to purchase bread, flour and meat, and the Commissioner would be grateful if they could obtain rations from the Army on repayment. The question has not been raised with regard to Etaples, as special arrangements had been made there by which the 2 ladies employed were given the hospitality of the Mess of a neighbouring hospital.
Extension of leave: Received copy of War Office telegram notifying that Special Probationer M. Thomas had been granted 7 days’ extension of leave, on private affairs, and Miss E. Bell, VAD extension on medical certificate. Information forwarded to areas concerned.
CAMC Transfer: DGMS forwarded copy of wire from DAG Base, saying that Nursing Sister M. A. Bell, CAMC was available as relief for Nursing Sister Ellwood, 7 Canadian General Hospital.
Return from sick leave: Received copy of War Office letter notifying that Miss I. Barron, VAD, had been instructed to rejoin from sick leave in England.
American Hospitals: Forwarded to DGMS nominal rolls of American units at 1 and 18 General Hospitals, also names and addresses of next of kin.
CAMC Reinforcements: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report of CAMC Nursing Sisters who arrived in France on 9.6.17 – Sisters Weatherup and Cumbers had not arrived.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Miss Lupton VAD, on account of the serious illness of her mother. 7 days’ leave sanctioned in anticipation of acceptance.
Withdrawal of resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to withdraw resignation of Miss Forde, VAD, saying that approval had been given, and the agreement would be forwarded in due course.
VAD agreements: Forwarded to DGMS signed agreement forms of VAD members who arrived in France on 4.5.17.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Staff Nurse E. Rankin, QAIMNSR on account of ill-health of her father, also from Staff Nurse H. Crawford, QAIMNSR who wished to return to Canada. Also forwarded application to resign from S/Nurse M. Pearce, TFNS, 55 General Hospital.
Alexandra Roses: Received memo from War Office stating that the roses for Queen Alexandra’s Rose Day had been despatched from England by King’s Messenger. As they had not arrived, rang up GHQ and enquired about them. It was discovered afterwards that the roses had arrived at the Military PO Abbeville.
11 CCS: Received letter from Sister in charge, 11 CCS, to say that the hospital was practically closed – shells had been falling very near and most of the staff had been transferred to other Casualty Clearing Stations in the vicinity. 14 patients were too ill to be moved, and 2 Sisters, Miss Gibb and Miss Brindle, stayed to look after them.
Leave in France: Received letter from Matron-in-Chief, AIF saying that the DMS, AIF approved of the scheme relating to Australian Sisters spending their leave in France.