Agnes Ellen Dwyer

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DWYER, Agnes Ellen

Service no: Staff nurse [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 1891

Address: Peisley Street, Orange

Occupation: Trained nurse

Next of kin: Michael Dwyer (father), Peisley Street, Orange

Date of enlistment: 5 September 1916

Place of enlistment: N/A

Age at enlistment: 24

Fate: Embarked Kaiser-i-Hind Sydney 9 December 1916. Disembarked Suez 10 January 1917. Proceeded to No. 1 General Hospital Heliopolis 10 March 1917. Admitted to No 14 Australian General Hospital Alexandria suffering from influenza 12 August 1918. Rejoined unit 24 August 1918. Admitted to 43rd General Hospital suffering from diarrhoea 26 October 1918. Admitted to 43rd General Hospital suffering from influenza. Returned to Australia 1 July 1919. Awarded the Medal of Military Merit, 4th Class 27 May 1919. Discharged 8 August 1919.

Agnes Dwyer, the daughter of Michael and Norah Dwyer of Orange, was just 24 when she signed up for war nursing duties in September 1916. She was sent on the Kaiser-i-Hind to Egypt, arriving on 10 January 1917. In August 1917 she was sent to Salonika in Greece where she attended Greek as well as Australian soldiers. Besides those wounded in battle, Nurse Dwyer had to tend some of the thousands who contracted malaria and other infectious diseases. The Leader reported that she ‘had a rough time in Salonika’ and she herself did not escape illness. After the war she was awarded the Greek Medal for Military Merit for conspicuous service in the AIF. She later resumed nursing at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.

Leader, 6 October 1919, p.3.

Orange nurse decorated [2]

  • Edwards, Elisabeth 2011, In sickness and in health: how medicine helped shape Orange's history, Orange City Council, Orange, NSW.

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