Constance Adelaide Stone

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Four nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service at No 2 Australian General Hospital which was based in Gezireh Palace, Egypt c1915. Sister Stone is on the far right. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

STONE, Constance Adelaide

Service no: Staff nurse [1]

Place of birth: Berrima, 1879

Address: 35 Lord Street, Orange

Occupation: Nurse

Next of kin: Mary Stone (sister), 35 Lord Street, Orange

Date of enlistment: 5 February 1916

Place of enlistment: Cairo, Egypt

Age at enlistment: 35

Fate: Embarked HMAT A55 Kyarra Sydney 28 November 1914. Promoted to Sister 15 June 1915. Embarked Ballarat Suez for Melbourne 5 July 1915. Proceeded to no. 2 General Hospital Heliopolis, Greece 10 Mar 1916. Embarked from Australia 15 June 1916. Promoted to Sister 15 June 1916. Transferred to AIF HORS 29 January 1917. Proceeded to France to join BEF 11 April 1917. Posted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital 13 November 1917. Awarded the Royal Red Cross (2nd class) 23 May 1919. Returned to Australia 23 August 1919.

Constance Adelaide Stone was born in Berrima in 1879 to Henry and Augusta Stone. Constance’s father was well-known in Orange as a postal guard. 35-year-old Constance was living with her family at 35 Lord Street when she embarked from Sydney in November 1914 as a staff nurse with the 2nd Australian General Hospital.

Nurse Stone was promoted to Sister in June 1915. She served initially on hospital ships travelling to and from Australia, and later in France and England. In May 1919 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross. She returned to Australia in August 1919.

Constance was Matron of Ardee Private Hospital in Kite Street, Orange, during 1920. She subsequently relocated to the Northern Territory, where she was acting Matron of Darwin Hospital until October 1924, and then Matron of the Darwin public clinic.

In the June 1934 King’s Birthday Honours Constance was awarded an M.B.E. in recognition of her war services. Her name appears on the Holy Trinity Church Orange Honour Roll.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 15 Dec 1934, p. 35.

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